Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s latest broadside targeted Jeb Bush, whom he chastised for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail. Photograph: Reuters

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged that he will not run as an independent candidate in the 2016 White House election should he fail to(...)

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I went to Galway last week to buy shoes in Foot Solutions. Inside I met a young Polish woman who examined my feet and wrote on a clipboard a lot of(...)

‘Participants in Saturday’s big Right2Water rally were also on Twitter. Sinn Féiners was complaining RTÉ had deliberately edited coverage to exclude the party’s involvement. A prominent non-party protester retweeted an objection to The Irish Times online’s decision to put the water protest below a column about the IRA’s allegedly massive global assets.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Many who have experienced serious illness must have read Una Mullally’s column on Monday with a great spark of recognition. She wrote about the perspe(...)

Former Florida governor and Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush speaks to  third graders before  taking part in a town hall meeting at La Progresiva Presbyterian School in Miami, Florida, September 1st, 2015. Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush offered his most direct assault on rival Donald Trump to date on Tuesday, retaliating for a series of persona(...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Michael to film Star Wars Episode VII, last year. Photograph Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a culture that had a strong sense of boundaries and limitations. Fifteen hundred years ago, when (...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: both the Republican establishment and the punditocracy have been shocked by his continuing appeal to the party’s base. Photograph: Jason Davis/Getty Images

There are many things we should remember about the events of late August and early September 2005 and the political fallout shouldn’t be near the top (...)

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Money – or, more often, the lack of it – brings many problems. Some of those problems are life and death; others are not so serious – just annoying(...)

“A lethargic, insubstantial image of Jeb Bush that is at odds with the perky red ‘Jeb!’ campaign logo”. Photograph: Reuters/Jay Westcott

Pity Poppy. When I went down to Houston a few years ago to eat pizza with the former president, he was his usual gracious self, speaking fondly about (...)

 A businessman watches a display showing global stock markets  in Tokyo. Photograph:  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Behind the extraordinary volatility on the stock markets over the past week lies one big fear. It is that the western economies can no longer deliver (...)

US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush:  used the term  ‘anchor babies’ in an interview on the campaign trail last week.  Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The term “anchor babies” has become a lightning rod political issue in the stormy tussle between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, the two leading candidates(...)