President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden  in the private dining room of the White House yesterday.  According to reports, the Obama administration denied that press access to the meeting had anything to do the  revelations released in the memoir of former defence secretary Robert Gates. Photograph:   Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

The White House and former Obama administration aides have spoken out against stinging criticism levelled by former US defence secretary Robert Gates (...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with former US ambassador Dan Rooney at a reception for members of the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only time there was a longer delay in the appointment of a new US ambassador to Ireland was in 1935, and then the official title of the position w(...)