‘Most of the money raised is spent within the US and the most important advantage Friends of Sinn Féin offers the party is in building a network of support that could influence US policy towards Ireland in the future.’  Above, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

If you want to watch an Irish-American’s eyes glaze over, start telling them what a nefarious influence Sinn Féin represents in the Irish body politic(...)

The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times. 3:30

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)

Residents in Beirut’s southern suburbs yesterday carry banners protesting against   Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad as the cover of its first edition since the attack by Islamist gunmen. The text on the banner reads in Arabic: “ Insulting Prophet Mohammed, is an insult to all prophets, and to other religions”. Photograph: Reuters/ Khalil Hassan

You’ve got to feel sorry for the Berliner Zeitung, the German newspaper that last week decided to express its solidarity with the murdered journalists(...)

The Irish Times Ltd  recorded an operating profit of €2.7 million in 2013, up from €1.7 million a year earlier. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Times Ltd made a pretax profit of €5.4 million in 2013 as group revenues rose 3.6 per cent to €84.4 million. Higher income from contr(...)

A US flag flies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the US embassy in Berlin. Germany’s expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin is close to a diplomatic nuclear option and is unprecedented in the postwar history of German-US relations. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

A few years before he died in 2006, the former East German spy chief Markus Wolf, known as “the man without a face”, told me about the qualities he(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with US president Barack Obama on St Patrick’s Day 2012.  The annual chorus of outrage about the St Patrick’s Day ministerial exodus has been more muted than usual this year but that hasn’t stopped the Government adopting its traditional, defensive posture. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

If precedent is anything to go by, next Friday’s St Patrick’s Day Speaker’s lunch on Capitol Hill should be a convivial affair, as the Taoiseac(...)

‘Irish Times’ deputy editor Denis Staunton: “If you spend any time with the Irish abroad you will see very quickly that they know a great deal more about us than we do about them.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish diaspora must not be simply exploited and should be offered more involvement in Irish affairs, the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs h(...)

 Noel Dorr: raising such matters required a well thought-out approach as it would be wrong for a visiting delegation to make their hosts feel as if they were saying: “We’re better than you.”  ,

Ministers on trade missions should raise concerns about human rights abuses when visiting states where such issues exist, but only to a point their ho(...)

Wwriter Colm Toibin with James Ryan, director of the creative writing programme at UCD and Pat Moylan, chairman of the Arts Council at the Arts Council offices in Dublin today where a new award to honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer was announced. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

The Arts Council has established a new award to honour an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The Laureate for Irish Fiction is su(...)

Angela Merkel: approved a coalition pact this week that strengthens workers’ rights, introduces a minimum wage, augments pension rights, and further bolsters regulation in the housing market. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It took five weeks to negotiate, including a final, 17-hour session that ended on Wednesday morning, and runs to 185 pages but the coalition deal agre(...)