Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the anti Anglo-Irish rally in Belfast in 1985 where he made in infamous Never Never Never speach.

Probably the most memorable footage capturing the visceral depth of unionism’s antagonism to the Anglo-Irish Agreement is of Ian Paisley at Belfast Ci(...)

‘The president descended from the mountain for half an hour on Thursday evening, materialising at Nationals Park to schmooze with Democrats and Republicans at the annual congressional baseball game.’ Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images

On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the television Western The Rifleman. Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors’s widowe(...)

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to late senator Edward Kennedy and his ability to find compromise with political opponents, saying, “No one mad(...)

Personally I’m glad we have discovered Edmund Burke again.I agree, of course, it depends on which Edmund Burke you are talking about. Teddy Kennedy ha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited a memorial in Copley Square near the finish line of the Boston marathon to lay flowers with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis today. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny laid flowers at the Copley Square memorial to the Boston marathon blast victims today. In a speech last night to cel(...)

Kieran McLoughlin (centre), president and chief executive of The American Ireland Fund, with from left, delegates Caitlin McCormick (New York), Reilly O’Connor (Washington DC),  Jennifer Carroll (Dublin) and John Travers (Dublin) at the The Ireland Funds Inaugural Global Young Leaders Forum held in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in June 2010. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The US State Department’s prolific communications department is proof of the influence that the United States aims to have on world affairs. It(...)