Smoke billows from controlled oil burns near the site of the BP  Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana in 2010. Photograph: Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg

A US judge has rejected BP’s attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it pote(...)

US president Barack Obama meets  a group of “dreamers” – immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.A federal judge in Texas has blocked Mr Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation,   claiming  the president is exceeding his legal authority.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation have been blocked by a US federal judge in Texas(...)

Limerick based Garda Brian Hanrahan, who survived being shot while on holiday in America last month, has described himself as a lucky man.

A Garda who survived being shot while on holiday in the US last month has described himself as a “lucky” man. Brian Hanrahan said he was gettin(...)

Cavalry soldiers reenacting the  American civil war Battle of 2nd Manassas at Cedar Creek Battlefield in Virginia: historians have called on the Goverment to remember the ‘forgotten Irish’ who fought in the war. Photograph: Thinkstock

A group of historians have called on the Government to mark the 150th anniversary of the ending of the American civil war, in which thousands of Ir(...)

Police in New Orleans have arrested two brothers in connection with the shooting of garda Brian Hanrahan (above) in the city last week.

Police in New Orleans have arrested two brothers in connection with the shooting of garda Brian Hanrahan in the city last week. Officers confirmed the(...)

Wanted Suspect: Melvin Galle Jr Detectives identified Melvin Galle Jr as one of the suspects and have obtained an arrest warrant for attempted murder and armed robbery. Photograph: New Orleans Police Department

Police have released the name of a suspect in the shooting of garda Brian Hanrahan who was shot and robbed as he enjoyed a holiday in New Orleans. Pol(...)

The composite sketches of two suspects who police in New Orleans want to interview in connection with the shooting of  Limerick-based garda Brian Hanrahan.  Image: New Orleans Police Department

Police in New Orleans investigating the shooting of garda Brian Hanrahan in the city last week have released photofits of two alleged suspects they ar(...)

Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Brian Hanrahan and his father had been on a 10-day road trip  along  Route 66 across the US when they stopped over in New Orleans.

A garda is expected to undergo surgery to remove a bullet lodged in his back after he was shot twice while on holiday in the United States. Brian Hanr(...)

A street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph:  Chris Graythen/Getty Images

A member of the Garda is in a critical condition in hospital in the United States after being shot a number of times in an attempted mugging while on (...)

Ned Sullivan and friends from Kenmare heading to New York in 1926: “We are bound for New York City, boys, 3,000 miles away.”

The waves of emigration from Kenmare over the centuries have been spurred by unrest and conflict, famines and land clearances, unemployment and the se(...)