US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)

 Edward Kennedy flanked by  President Mary McAleese and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott talks to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 16, 2000. Photo: AP Photo/Hillery Smith Garrison

From 1987 to 1998 I worked with Senator Ted Kennedy and served as his foreign policy advisor during pivotal years in the Northern Ireland peace proces(...)

Gerry Adams: told US politicians there was an opportunity between now and the marching season to deliver the proposals of former US diplomat Richard Haass

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams urged 11 members of the US Congress to press the British government to support the Haass proposals and fulfil the rem(...)

College president Fr Patrick McDevitt said it needed “at least €2 million to get into next year” and the letters would have provided only “one piece” of a plan to save the institution from closure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Selling the Jackie Kennedy letters would have bought All Hallows College “a little wiggle room” but wouldn’t have prevented closure, the private colle(...)

US President Barack Obama (2-L), first lady Michelle Obama (L), former US president Bill Clinton (2-R) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton lay a wreath at the gravesite for president John F Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA. Photograph: EPA/Pat Benic/Pool

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to the late president John F Kennedy last night, saying that 50 years after his death he stood for posterity as(...)

When then US president Bill Clinton (left) decided to issue a visa to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, then British prime minister John Major (right) would not speak to him and  “the British were incandescent with rage”,  former Irish diplomat Sean Donlon said.

Tim O’BrienBritish prime minister John Major refused to speak to US president Bill Clinton for weeks after the US granted a visa to Gerry Adams in 199(...)

Kiley Kennedy and Grace Kennedy Allen unveil a bust of Ted Kennedy, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jean Kennedy Smithy and Caroline Kennedy, at the opening of the Kennedy homestead and visitor centre. Photograph: Eric Luke

For a while on a bright Saturday afternoon in Dunganstown, the stars were out and shone brightly. The stars were the ordinary people of this corner of(...)

Café in New Ross ready for the Kennedy family today. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Taoiseach Enda Kenny marked the friendships between Ireland and the US in an address marking the 50th anniversary of the visit here by US president Jo(...)

 Caroline Kennedy, only surviving daughter of former US President John F Kennedy,  launching the JFK Homecoming multimedia exhibition at the National Library of Ireland yesterday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

President John F Kennedy promised to return to Ireland during his euphoric homecoming visit in 1963. Felled by an assassin’s bullet later that year, h(...)

JFK ‘eternal flame’ arrives in Dublin

An eternal flame taken from the grave of former US president John F Kennedy arrived into Dublin airport today ahead of the 50th anniversary of his vis(...)