US House of Representatives budget committee chairman Paul Ryan: “Poverty is a complicated problem and it needs to be customised.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House of Representatives budget committee chairman, Paul Ryan, has accused the Obama administration of “perpetuating poverty” with a benefits p(...)

Tipperary’s  John O’Dwyer claims the sliotar ahead of Dublin players  Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16The continuation of inevitability. Despite some remarkable revivals and the supposed levelling of hurling’s playing field in(...)

 Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to oppose Tipperary. In the familiar surroundings of their Thurles citadel, bolstered by the momentum of largely freewheeling, high -s(...)

On the eve of the Great Recession, many conservative pundits and commentators had a world view that combined faith in free markets with disdain for government. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

On Sunday the New York Times published an article by the political scientist Brendan Nyhan about a troubling aspect of the current American scene – th(...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Dublin celebrate in front of their fans on Hill 16 following their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Here is how it was. By the spring of 2011, Dublin had played 22 games under Anthony Daly in league and championship. Their record going into the leagu(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore:  said he did not want to overstate the prospect of US immigration reform happening. File Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has said he is “reasonably optimistic” the US Congress would pass immigration reform helping (...)

Republican congressman Paul Ryan: due to meet Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to discuss immigration reform. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore arrives in Washington today for two days of meetings with US politicians in the Gov(...)

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter clashes with Dublin’s Conal Keaney and  Ciarán Kenny during the Leinster SHC semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wexford 1-14 Dublin 0-22: Summer in bloom, and with that Dublin burst their way into another Leinster hurling final. They had to rely on old heads lik(...)

Dublin boss Anthony Daly: Last year Dublin  went from averaging 0-4 from play out of their starting forwards to averaging 1-11. Now Daly needs them to pick up where they left off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the aftermath of Dublin’s draw in Wexford Park last June, certain truths were self-evident. One, that Dublin would go nowhere unless they started (...)