Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

Klkenny’s Conor Browne, Tommy Walsh, Donnacha O’Connor and Pat Lyng celebrate victory over Waterford at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-23 Waterford 1-14 It took 20 minutes longer than they would have liked, but the Kilkenny minors booked their place in the All-Ireland hurl(...)

A rally outside the Dáil  protests about the proposed  changes to the Leader scheme, centralising control of rural development in new local government structures. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 2,500 people from across the State protested outside Leinster House today at plans to change the way a key rural development fund is managed.(...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

Fingal County Council’s meeting in Swords, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

There were more obstacles put in the path of Dublin having a directly elected mayor than there are in the Grand National, so it was not surpris(...)

Fingal has voted against the proposal to hold a public vote on setting up a directly elected mayor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 2:26

Fingal county councillors have blocked Dubliners from voting next May on whether to have a directly elected mayor for the capital. Just s(...)

 Ruth Coppinger  during an anti-austerity protest: got 21.1%  of the vote at the 2011 byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Different rules apply to byelections. They can be a bit of a lottery, with voters giving gove(...)

Republican David Jolly narrowly beat  his Democrat rival  to take the House of Representatives seat in Florida. Photograph: Brian Blanco/Reuters

The Democrats have lost an election in a swing congressional district in Florida that Barack Obama won twice in in presidential elections, in w(...)

Irish Roots

We’ve broadened the range of our cultural identities hugely over the past decades. We now have Polish-Irish, Nigerian-Irish, Filipino-Irish, even – it(...)

Seán Ó Cuirreáin told the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions on Wednesday that the Irish language is being marginalised by the current system of public administration.

The decision by Seán Ó Cuirreáin to resign his position as Coimisinéir Teanga this week points to an emerging crisis in the Irish-speaking and Gaeltac(...)