What’s in a name? In August last year it was “The Lodge” when it sold for €255,000 and perfectly nice it was then too. Now, after a €150,000 refurb(...)

Celestine Cooney: ‘I think there’s a path I’m on and it’s going to lead to all sorts of amazing experiences’

Celestine Cooney, the Irish-born, internationally known stylist and fashion director, is unusually easy to approach. “I don’t tend to compromise,” (...)

The products will be sold in countries and jurisdictions where they are legal, including cannabis in some places

Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings has agreed a deal with the estate of the Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley to launch a global canna(...)

President Barack Obama answering questions in the White House yesterday. He said he is “eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible”. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama said Republicans “had a good night” in Tuesday’s midterm elections but attributed the party’s sweeping wins to the public’s di(...)

Republican Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs-up after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, Illinois, November 4th, 2014. Photograph; Jim Young/Reuters

If you landed from space this week you might think the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, encased in a new grey cocoon of scaffolding erected to(...)

Washington DC voters approved possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use. Photograph: Jason Redmond/Reuters

Oregon and Alaska have become the latest US states to legalise recreational marijuana in ballots hailed by supporters as evidence a national change of(...)

“Just because we have a two-party system doesn’t mean we have to be in perpetual conflict,” Mitch McConnell, the presumptive new Senate majority leader, said in his victory speech last night. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg.

In the end, there was no Republican wave. Indeed, it was barely a ripple. The Republicans won the US midterms, there’s no denying that, but the(...)

US president Barack Obama photographed meeting with his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. He  could be on track to see his party record the biggest losses in the House of any presidential term since Harry Truman. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Barack Obama will need all his great oratorical powers to explain the Republican wins over Democrats in the US midterms elections that exceed the “she(...)

 United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waves to supporters with his wife Elaine Chao during his victory celebration at the Marriott East Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. Photograph: Mark Lyons/EPA 1:30

US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the (...)

Republican candidate Joni Ernst on the campaign trail in Newton, Iowa. Her campaign ad about growing up on a pig farm clicked with voters. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 1:22

Pigs and poultry. On such parochial issues can the make-up of national governments be decided, even in countries as large as the United States. They c(...)