Eamon Devoy, the general secretary  of the TEEU  who signed the agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, said that it was important for workers to be retrained to meet the demands of new technologies. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

An Irish trade union has signed a historic agreement with one of America’s largest unions that will lead to training for Irish workers in additional s(...)

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez said “we need to make the intelligence services more transparent because they have not served the interests of the country”. Photograph: EPA

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez plans to disband their intelligence agency amid suspicions that rogue agents were behind the mysterious death o(...)

A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. US president Barack Obama’s proposal would be the largest designation of wilderness since the Wilderness Act in the 1960. Photograph: Susanne Miller/Reuters

A senior White House official has criticised a Republican senator from Alaska and the state’s congressional representatives for their strong disapp(...)

Anthony Daly: “I think we have to trust our referees and make them better, not be giving out stupid bookings for stuff that I don’t think were yellow cards.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Anthony Daly believes the proposal to replace players that receive two yellow cards won’t make it through Congress. The former Dublin and Clare manage(...)

Us president Barack Obama meets with Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the  White House in  2011. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry, in an unprecedented snub, have made it clear that they will not meet with Israeli prime(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Obama speech

In setting out his stall in his 6th annual State of the Union address on Tuesday Barack Obama pulled no punches. For many observers this was the presi(...)

Emboldened: President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republicans have invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran, defying President Barack Obama’s warnings not to i(...)

US president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington DC, in 2010. File photograph: Ron Sachs/Getty Images

US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consultin(...)

The director of the North America Department of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, Cuban Josefina Vidal (right), and members of her delegation participate in the first day of closed-door talks between Cuba and the United States, at the Convention Palace in Havana on January 21st, 2015. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and Cuba on Wednesday clashed over immigration policy at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties be(...)