Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: local unions  see Clinton as the more electable compared with socialist senator Bernie Sanders, despite her new-found opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Photograph:  John Taggart/EPA

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, has been hitching her wagon to the American labour movement as she tries to corral votes awa(...)

I’m not sure we learn anything from the arts – except that we need them more than ever. They are a way of knowing unlike all the others, a knowing th(...)

 Martin Luther King: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but by where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”

One of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life is the pattern set by Jesus of accepting people as they are and making them feel wanted and v(...)

Stewart Buttefield of Slack speaking at the  Web Summit  in Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stewart Butterfield is enthusiastic about Irish food. Particularly apples, which he says are better than most in North America, but brown bread and(...)

Travellers are stereotyped as criminals and are seen as untrustworthy, a protest outside the Dáil over Traveller accommodation heard today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Travellers are stereotyped as criminals and are seen as untrustworthy, a protest outside the Dáil over Traveller accommodation heard on Wednesday. The(...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

Thinking anew: the Ven Gordon Linney. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ven Gordon Linney is a compassionate man of clearly thought out Christian conviction who is never afraid of entering the fray in defence of that c(...)

Millennial compass point:   Lady Gaga. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Hear the word “millennial”, and plenty of images spring to mind. There’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, in his hoodie, earning his first billion by the a(...)

Pope Francis greets inmates at a correctional facility in Philadelphia on Sunday during his US visit. Photograph: Tony Gentile/pool

After attending a canonisation Mass at Catholic University with the pope who rails against the excesses of capitalism, I walked off campus to a festiv(...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)