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 2:12

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 DPP has reportedly been weighing whether to bring charges against David Drumm since receiving a file from investigators in late 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

Towards the end of the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank directors at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last year, a defence lawyer described it as “(...)

Potential US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has resigned from all of his corporate and non-profit board member positions, the Washington Posthas reported , as the former Florida governor explores a run for the White House. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Potential US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has resigned from all of his corporate and non-profit board member positions, the Washington P(...)

The Seanad has passed all stages of the Water Services Bill. 2:35

The Water Services Bill has passed all stages in the Seanad, paving the way for its signature by President Michael D Higgins and the introduction of c(...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, the son and young brother of former US presidents, has fired up the next race for the White House by announcing that he will “actively ex(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has formally signalled that he may run for the US presidency in 2016. Photograph: Facebook

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will “actively explore” a potential presidential campaign for 2016, he announced on Tuesday morning.The announcement,(...)

Former US president George W Bush and his vice president Dick Cheney, who has dismissed a Senate  intelligence committee report on the ‘brutal’ CIA torture of al-Qaeda detainees during their administration as ‘full of crap’. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s vice president, has dismissed the US Senate report on the “brutal” CIA torture of al-Qaeda detainees during his administr(...)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein said there should be no impunity or statute of limitations time-barring prosecutions against individuals who carried out torture. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Reverberations from the US Senate report on the CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects continue to rage as a United Nations official called for officials in(...)

US president Barack Obama  is unlikely to heed external calls for CIA torturers to be held to account and prosecuted.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W Bush era and claims that the agency lie(...)