Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told New York gathering it was “no accident” the US was the only country mentioned in  1916 Proclamation: five of  seven signatories  had spent time in  US. Photograph: James Higgins

Matthias “Matty” Reilly does not believe that the 1916 Proclamation will be fully realised until there is a united Ireland. The 75-year-old Fermana(...)

Former US senator George Mitchell described the Good Friday Agreement, which he chaired, as one day of success which had been preceded by “700 days of failure”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former US senator George Mitchell has spoken of how the birth of his son Andrew drove him when others were despairing of the Northern Ireland peace pr(...)

US president Barack Obama accepts a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

My history professor called them gobbets. They were short excerpts from momentous political speeches or texts to dissect: a what-they-said/ what-they-(...)

A file photograph of gay activists displaying signs along the St Patrick’s Day parade route in New York in protest at being excluded from the annual event. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is ending a two-year boycott of Manhattan’s St Patrick’s Day parade and has agreed to march this year after organi(...)

Sustainable Development Goals: Getting 193 countries to sign off on   2030 Agenda was widely considered a major achievement for the UN while also strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a serious player on international development stage

In the end, everything hinged on a single letter. After almost a year of talks, months of redrafting, an all-night negotiating session and the largest(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell (left) with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin,  in late 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace negotiator George Mitchell has agreed to lead New York City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s bigges(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The recent news about John Hume’s memory problems reminded me poignantly of an occasion, back in the late 1990s, when I was sent north to interview hi(...)

Former president of South Africa FW de Klerk meets Patrick Johnston of Queens University Belfast on Thursday. Mr de Klerk addressed an invited audience of business education and political representatives on the role of leadership in a rapidly changing world. Photograph: Paul McErlane

Former South African president FW de Klerk has outlined to a Belfast audience the leadership qualities that are required to see through a successful p(...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

Declan Kelly with Hillary Clinton. Teneo was once closely linked to the Clintons

I was intrigued last week to read the latest chapter in the seemingly irrepressible rise of former Irish Examiner journalist Declan Kelly, whose US-ba(...)