Dublin captain Liam Rushe lifts the Walsh Cup after the victory over Wexford at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin 1-22 Wexford 1-12 Championship first blood was claimed by Dublin at Croke Park as the Sky Blues cruised to a seventh Bord na Mona Walsh Cup hu(...)

Offaly enjoyed a rare win over Kikenny on Sunday in the Walsh Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Offaly 3-9 Kilkenny 1-9 Two goals in the closing five minutes from substitute James Gorman gave Offaly a deserved win over Kilkenny as they set up a (...)

US president Barack  Obama conceded that, seven years after his campaign promise to overcome divisions in America, he had failed to meet it. “It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency that the rancour and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better,” he said.  Photograph:  Evan Vucci/Pool/Getty

Barack Obama stopped as he was about to leave the House of Representatives chamber on Capitol Hill after delivering his State of the Union address, hi(...)

A police officer  removes painted material of a large swastika featuring a likeness of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, along the northbound Buford Highway Connector, in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Photograph: John Spink/AJC/EPA

Businessman Donald Trump shot back at stinging Republican criticism of his plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States by threatening a possib(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Photograph: Ramdall Hill/Reuters

None of the inflammatory verbal bombs that businessman Donald Trump has dropped since he declared his presidential candidacy six months ago have damag(...)

The US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC. The real profile in courage was the Fed’s behaviour in 2010-11 when it stood fast in the face of demands that it tighten policy.  Photograph: AFP Photo

According to economist Kevin O’Rourke, who has been doing a running comparison between the Great Depression that began in 1929 and the Great Recession(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley speaks at an event in Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuter

Supporters of US Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley are launching a new group,“Irish Americans for O’Malley,” to coral support for the (...)

New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan joked on Sunday that his first job as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was to rid the smell of smoke fro(...)

US House Speaker John Boehner:   President Barack Obama and top lawmakers from both parties reached a tentative budget agreement that would avert a US debt default. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The White House and congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal overnight to lift mandatory spending caps on defense and domestic programs an(...)

Paul Ryan: “I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker,” he wrote to Republican lawmakers.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Republican Representative Paul Ryan officially jumped into the race for speaker of the US House of Representatives on Thursday after nailing down cruc(...)