In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. ‘In many respects, the Irish economy is now on autopilot: the policy parameters are known and set by our European masters.’ Photograph: Collins

It’s almost as if Ireland’s economic success story is happening to a different country: it is as hard to find another economy – almost anywhere in (...)

Hirotami Yamada at the peace memorial in Nagasaki commemorating the victims of the atomic bombing of the city by the US 70 years ago. ‘I saw people so injured ... that you couldn’t tell if they were alive or dead.’ Photograph: David McNeill

Luck and geography decided life or death in Nagasaki. Hirotami Yamada survived because he was at school, more than 3km from the hypocentre of the plut(...)

 Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, polling well ahead of three other candidates: Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor, Irish-American Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee, the former governor of Rhode Island. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Irish supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are hosting an event in Dublin on Saturday to coincide with a set-piece speec(...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)

Katsumoto Saotome, (82), a survivor of Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1945, points to a map showing the burned central Tokyo areas in red after the bombing. “They were all individuals,” he says of the 100,000 victims. “They had all been talking to their families hours before they died.” Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

It was just after midnight when the rumble of US B-29 bombers jolted Tokyo awake. The incendiaries that fell from their bellies, full of jellied petro(...)

President Michael D Higgins recalled the 11 million victims at the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration  in the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The world has a duty not to allow those killed in the Holocaust to “die twice” by forgetting them, President Michael D Higgins has said. Speaking at (...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)

The people most thankful for Thanksgiving, the biggest holiday in the American calendar, this year appear to have been retailers. The National Retai(...)

Crisis: an International Medical Corps clinic in Liberia. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

Almost as much coverage has been devoted recently to the panic surrounding Ebola as to the disease itself, with dramatic over-reactions highlighted an(...)