Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in the 2012 US presidential election, told donors that he is considering seeking the GOP candidacy for 2016. File photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

It’s only the second week in January in a non-election year and 22 months until the next US presidential ballot but already the challengers for the Re(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, the son and young brother of former US presidents, has fired up the next race for the White House by announcing that he will “actively ex(...)

James Cahill  of Coolock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of €49,204

A former apprentice butcher who stole more than €49,000 from his employer during a “drug-induced paranoia” in the early hours of Christmas Eve last ye(...)

Former US president George W Bush speaks at the launch his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father”, at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

George W Bush, the 43rd president, unveiling his new biography of his father, 41st president, George HW Bush – a book he describes as “a love story” –(...)

You can get a sense of the ideology at work in some of the documents produced by House Republicans under the leadership of Paul Ryan. Photograph: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: public projects, from the Erie canal to the interstat(...)

Amazon overwhelmingly dominates online book sales, with a market share comparable to Standard Oil’s share of the refined oil market  in 1911. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Amazon. com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America. Okay, I know that was kind of abrupt. Bu(...)

Sen Rand Paul: “When is the last time in our country we created millions of jobs? It was under Ronald Reagan.” Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Even if Republicans take the Senate this year, gaining control of both houses of Congress, they will not gain much in conventional terms: they’re a(...)

Paul Ryan: ‘What sets us apart from competitors is our focus on ecommerce and how our website integrates with the store.’

A love of horses led Paul Ryan and his wife, Caitriona O’Dwyer, to set up the Equine Warehouse in 2001. Having successfully negotiated a number of hur(...)

 The Hills’ Michael Baumgart celebrates with Cormac McLoughlin after reaching a century of runs at Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

The Hills made Castle Avenue a home from home yet again in the final of the RSA Irish Senior Cup as they beat Clontarf by nine runs to claim their (...)