Jeb Bush: though he is more apt to do his homework, he’s unformed on foreign policy, like his brother – except that his brother was elected before 9/11. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times

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Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa after   meeting  then taoiseach Charles Haughey at Shannon airport. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dear Prime Minister Haughey,I know that you have followed our successful efforts to develop a bipartisan consensus behind US policy toward Central Ame(...)

Mikhail  Gorbachev and Charles Haughey after their  meeting  at Shannon airport. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stopped over at Shannon on April 2nd, 1989, on his way to Cuba, for a meeting with then taoiseach Char(...)