Theresa Villiers: is meeting Charlie Flanagan to plan talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The US administration is determined that talks aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Northern Ireland should succeed, Minister for Foreign Affa(...)

Bruce Morrison, whose 1990-sponsored law gave almost 50,000 Irish nationals green cards to work in the US.

The American people see the merits of putting 11 million illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship while politicians still debate whether it will (...)

Senator Chuck Schumer,  one of the eight senators responsible for adding visa measures for Ireland, Canada and Poland into the proposed US immigration legislation, has defended them. “Each of these provisions makes individual sense on the merits,” his spokesman said. Photograph:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Special visa arrangements for Ireland and other countries included in proposed US immigra(...)

A group of Irish-American Democratic members of Congress spoke out yesterday about the role played by Irish immigrants in the United States in a public push for a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Image

A group of Irish-American Democratic members of Congress spoke out yesterday about the role played by Irish immigrants in the United States in (...)

Ecuadorian immigrant Diego Cazar, now living in the US for 12 years, looks towards the Statue of Liberty while participating in a rally for immigration reform at the weekend. Photograph: John Moore Getty Images

This week on Capitol Hill will be significant for plans to usher in the most radical changes to immigration law in a quarter of a century as a (...)

US president Barack Obama and vice-president Joe Biden shake hands on arriving at a reception for Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the White House this week. Photograph: Mike Theiler/via Bloomberg

President Barack Obama remarked at the festivities during Enda Kenny ’s visit to Washington DC this week that only a new pope could keep his Ca(...)