Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to give a report on the progress of government formation when the Dáil returns next Tuesday. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil returns next Tuesday – yes! for one day only, folks! – when Enda Kenny is due to give a report on the progress of government formation. At t(...)

Enda Kenny: The “conversation with Eamon Ryan was very good, very constructive and very straight forward”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has held “very good, and very constructive” talks with the Green Party about forming a new government,Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speaki(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

The US treasury department, with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), expects to unveil the new US$10 note in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in more than a century, US paper currency will feature the face of a woman. Treasury secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday a newly r(...)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, the outgoing Lord Mayor of Belfast, in Belfast City Hall.  Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Lord Mayor of Belfast for one more week, likes to take selfies and post them on his prolific Twitter feed. There are pictures (...)

Rancher Cliven Bundy: has refused for 20 years to pay for grazing on federal land. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

When a cranky anarchist in a cowboy hat starts a sentence saying “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro”, you can be dang su(...)

Private internet companies want data so they can distil information that gets them closer to the bullseye of targeted advertising, and possibly other things they’re not so keen on talking about.  Photograph: Reuters

The Earth’s ice caps have now melted sufficiently for a $1 billion (€747 million) cable on the Northwest Passage’s seabed to become possible, which wo(...)