Signs made by attendees hang at the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers’ union, during a viewing party for US President Barack Obama’s speech on evecutive action immigration policy reform last night in New York City. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

What did President Obama announce about immigration last night?In a televised address from the White House, Mr Obama announced a series of executive o(...)

Fr Patrick Devine with executive director of the Kennedy Institute  Peter Cassells.

The Edward M Kennedy Institute in Maynooth has agreed a partnership with the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR) in Kenya(...)

Fr Gerard Creedon, a long-time friend of the American political dynasty, referring to Jackie Kennedy’s letters said: “She was a very private person. I am sure she would have wanted to have her privacy respected.” Photograph: AP

The widow of Robert F Kennedy believes the letters written by Jackie Kennedy to a Dublin priest could be destroyed to end the controversy about the pr(...)

When then US president Bill Clinton (left) decided to issue a visa to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, then British prime minister John Major (right) would not speak to him and  “the British were incandescent with rage”,  former Irish diplomat Sean Donlon said.

Tim O’BrienBritish prime minister John Major refused to speak to US president Bill Clinton for weeks after the US granted a visa to Gerry Adams in 199(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave’s most vivid recollection of US president John F Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Ireland is of the excitement that gripped the country. “I remember driving up Dame Street and people were hanging out of windows to see him coming along as he was going up to the Castle.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s venerable elder statesman, 93-year-old Liam Cosgrave, has a precise memory of the day US president John F Kennedy addressed a joint sitting (...)

Joe Kennedy with his family when he was US ambassador in London.

In 1848, Patrick Kennedy surveyed the moonscape that was Dunganstown, County Wexford. He regarded both the dead potatoes and his dead neighbours and c(...)

Patrick Kennedy (left), son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and Patrick Grennan, fourth cousin of President John F Kennedy,his wife Siobhan and children Eanna and Donagh, at the Kennedy Homestead and Visitor Centre, Dunganstown, New Ross, Co Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke

Early one Sunday morning last month, Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Ted Kennedy and himself a former US congressman, travelled straight from Dublin (...)

Joe Kennedy III greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny

It was 53 years ago, but Cliff Scott remembers it like it was yesterday. He was just a boy, and the young, dashing US senator whom everybody called Ja(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden and his wife Jill are greeted by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Basilica after his inauguration at the Vatican yesterday. Mr Biden confirmed today that he will visit Ireland laster this year. Photograph: Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden has confirmed he will visit Ireland later this year. He made the announcement during a meeting with the Taoiseach E(...)

Joseph P Kennedy III is the only member of the Kennedy family currently holding political office in the US. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe

H e recalls sitting around the dinner table at his grandmother’s house listening to his aunts and uncles and older cousins debate the issues of(...)