Eamon Devoy, the general secretary  of the TEEU  who signed the agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, said that it was important for workers to be retrained to meet the demands of new technologies. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

An Irish trade union has signed a historic agreement with one of America’s largest unions that will lead to training for Irish workers in additional s(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Kevin O’Malley (left) being sworn in as the new US ambassador to Dublin by US vice president Joe Biden

The United States is expected to take a role in Northern Ireland’s reconvened inter-party talks aimed at attempting to resolve outstanding political i(...)

This week’s visit was Enda Kenny’s third  to the United States this year, and he is due back in New York  in November for a business dinner. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wrapped up a speech to a group of Irish millennial emigrants at a reception in New York City on Tuesday night, telling them that (...)

The Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson: she has written to Pat McCrory to acknowledge receipt of his letter and has forwarded his correspondence to Ireland. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com

The governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory is the latest American politician to call on the Government to scrap its plans to introduce plain packagi(...)

Festival fun: the South By Southwest music, film and technology festival in Austin earlier this year – “Keep Austin Weird!” has become a catch-all calling card for the city which attracts musicians and software coders, political liberals and start-up entrepreneurs. Photograph: Darrell Craig Harris/Getty Images

Austin revels in its kooky status and the Texan capital’s slogan “Keep Austin Weird!” has become a catch-all calling card for musicians and softwar(...)

Irish ambassador to the US Anne Anderson told an investor conference in Washington that the 12.5 per cent company tax rate will remain as a “sovereign right”.

Simon CarswellWashington CorrespondentThe Government will take “very serious account” of suggested changes to tackle global corporate tax avoidance bu(...)

Bob Goodlatte: his state is home to the world’s second largest tobacco company Philip Morris

A US congressman has written again to the Irish Ambassador in Washington urging the Government to scrap plans to introduce plain packaging on cigaret(...)

The Irish ambassador to the US Anne Anderson:  Enda  Kenny  said  she and the Irish embassy would “continue to raise these issues at every appropriate opportunity”.  Photograph:   Marty Katz

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned it is “very difficult” to assess whether the US Congress might pass immigration reform helping an estimated 50,000 Ir(...)

The Irish Ambassador to the US confirmed in a letter to Fine Gael TD John Deasy (above) that, following his request, the Embassy in Washington got in contact with the New York office of  senator Charles Schumer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Embassy in Washington DC has contacted a US senator to raise concerns over his call for more than 1,100 at-risk jobs at a pharmaceutical gia(...)