Gary Hart has said “you can’t attract 12 or 15 or 24 executive vice presidents of fairly substantial corporations to come over here for three or four days if there is confusion or lack of resolution on budgetary issues”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A planned visit to the North by major US investors this spring or early summer hinges on the reactivation of the Stormont House Agreement, retired Ame(...)

Enda Kenny and  Barack Obama at the Oval Office on the St Patrick’s Day visit: Kenny raised the issue of the illegal Irish estimated by the Government to number about 50,000. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Government raised the possibility of visa waivers that would allow illegal Irish in the US to travel back and forth to Ireland freely three wee(...)

Vice-president Joseph Biden (right) welcomes Taoiseach  Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala  to the Naval Observatory on St Patrick’s Day in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty

Northern Ireland’s largest Unionist party has written to US vice-president Joe Biden seeking an apology for his St Patrick’s Day gaffe.Mr Biden said: (...)

Speaker of the House John Boehner, US president Barack Obama and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny after they attended the St Patrick’s Day lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images 1:31

Taoiseach Enda Kenny used his annual St Patrick’s Day trip to Washington to press for help for illegal Irish immigrants but said there was “an issu(...)

Enda Kenny: “There’s an issue about the waiver scheme and the way it applies.” Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach, at the end of his remarks in the Oval Office next to Barack Obama, noted that it was “unique for a country as small as Ireland to ha(...)

US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at the front door of his residence to a delegation led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, quipped that “if you’re wearing orange, you’re not welcome in here” before adding he was only joking. File photograph:  Nicholas KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

A DUP MP on Tuesday called on US vice president Joe Biden to apologise for casting a “slur” on Protestants by joking to an Irish delegation that no-o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny being welcomed at the Oval Office by US president Barack Obama during his St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Gaffe-prone US vice-president Joe Biden was up to his old tricks on St Patrick’s Day.He was apparently so fixated on the wearing of the green that he (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents US president Barack Obama with a  volume of WB Yeats’s poetry,  hand-printed by Mary Plunkett, in the White House in Washington, DC,  today.  Photograph: Dennis Brack/EPA

A grandniece of 1916 leader Joseph Mary Plunkett spent weeks toiling in her back garden shed on bespoke hand-printed volumes of WB Yeats poetry that (...)

Vice president Joe Biden welcomes Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala Kenny to the Naval Observatory on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden hosted a breakfast for the Irish Prime Minister in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty

Mary Minihan, Political Staff in Washington DCUS Vice-President Joe Biden has said “genius” will be required to “lock down” the Stormont House Agreeme(...)

Green is the colour: Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets and greets. Photograph: Matt Lankes/Enterprise Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will this morning raise the issue of undocumented Irish with US president Barack Obama but will not adopt an “aggressive stance” (...)