Kevin O’Malley (left) being sworn in as the new US ambassador to Dublin by US vice president Joe Biden

The United States is expected to take a role in Northern Ireland’s reconvened inter-party talks aimed at attempting to resolve outstanding political i(...)

The Lloyds Banking Group said today that it had terminated the contracts of eight individuals and clawed back about £3 million in bonuses after its s(...)

Northern Secretary  Theresa Villiers addressing the  Conservative Party conference  in Birmingham yesterday. “The time is now right for a new round of cross-party talks,” she said. Photograph: PA

Fresh talks are to be held to try and break the political stalemate in the North’s peace process by Christmas, the British and Irish governments have (...)

This week’s visit was Enda Kenny’s third  to the United States this year, and he is due back in New York  in November for a business dinner. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wrapped up a speech to a group of Irish millennial emigrants at a reception in New York City on Tuesday night, telling them that (...)

A pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Photograph: US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout/Reuters.

Air and missile strikes, thought to be carried out by US-led forces, hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in the eastern Syrian province of Deir a(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he would not like to speculate on whether the Executive would collapse over the budget dispute, which is the subject of talks at Stormont today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin would be willing to allow the Northern Ireland Executive fall and new elections called if the parties cave in to the British government im(...)

Kevin McGee viewing ‘Efforts & Ideals; Prints from The First World War’ at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square, Dublin as part of Dublin Festival of History, 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

The late princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer is to appear at the Dublin Festival of History tomorrow night. Earl Spencer has written a book abou(...)

The UK and other Western powers should be prepared to commit ground troops to fight against extremists like Islamic State, former British prime minister Tony Blair has said. Photograph:  Gus Ruelas/Reuters.

The UK and other Western powers should be prepared to commit ground troops to fight against extremists like Islamic State, former British prime minist(...)

Bruce Schneier: “So much surveillance is piggy-backed on corporate servers. I think it’s funny when someone like [Google chairman] Eric Schmidt is complaining about government surveillance.”

Renowned security expert Bruce Schneier is on the phone from a US airport, and there’s an awful lot of commotion going on in the background.A bleeping(...)

The Scottish referendum result has “neatly set the scene” for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threatening the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Scottish referendum result has set the scene for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threate(...)