The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Percy Dukelow lived in London for 20 years, working in the building industry. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

By the end of 1997 Frank Snellings and his wife, Mary Landrieu, had endured almost four gruelling years in US politics. Landrieu, a Democrat, had t(...)

Seamus Heaney pictured in 2004 at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

One of the most persistent themes in the outpouring of remembrances about the late Seamus Heaney has been his fidelity to his birthplace, the famil(...)

A grasshopper burger topped with dried grasshoppers and mealworms: a gram of beef contains the same amount of protein as a gram of crickets. photograph: karen bleier/afp/getty images

When Harman Singh Johar answers the phone, he sounds startled. “Sorry,” he says. “I was staring into an oven full of roasting crickets when you called(...)

Children from 21 countries wear Halloween costumes as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance after becoming American citizens during a naturaliSation ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland on October 31st. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Republicans are preparing a response to Barack Obama’s plans to change the immigration system. The aim to block the president’s go-solo actions, whic(...)

Pádraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Tiger Woods  on the putting green before the afternoon rounds in the jp mcmanus invitational Pro-Am in Adare Manor  in  July 2010 Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

JP McManus has emerged as the highest bidder for Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort with a knock-out offer of €30 million. Final bids for the five-st(...)

Thomas M Menino, who has died aged 71, was Boston’s longest-serving mayor and a hugely successful administrator who presided over one of the most succ(...)

Freckle-faced golden boy: Tony O’Reilly, at the height of his success, in 1999. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

If a novelist made up the life of Tony O’Reilly the subsequent book review would surely consider it too perfect: the freckle-faced golden boy who b(...)

Wake up and smell the bourbon: President Obama talks to journalists at the White House the day after the midterms. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

On January 3rd, 2008, Barack Obama scored a surprise victory, coming from behind to win the Iowa caucus in the race to become the Democratic presid(...)

Brendan Boyle, the Pennsvylania state representative, was elected to the House of Representatives on a campaign that featured his father’s working life as a cleaner on Philadelphia’s transit system. Photograph: Reuters

In a victory speech on Tuesday night after his election to the House of Representatives, Brendan Boyle thanked his Donegal-born father for his support(...)