Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he would convey to the US vice president Joe Biden and secretary of state John Kerry in meetings today ‘the deep sense of frustration on the part of the Irish community that expectations have been raised in the past and ultimately not realised’. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The time for overhauling US immigration laws benefiting an estimated 50,000 illegal Irish has “long passed,” Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Ch(...)

A Syrian Kurdish refugee holds her children as she waits at the Yumurtalik border crossing to be taken to a shelter in Turkey. Islamic State militants have been carrying out a weeklong assault on the Kurdish area across the border, where residents have pleaded for military aid. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fig(...)

In a crucial effort to rebuild the army, Iraqi military command launches campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who had abandoned their units. Photograph: AP Photo

The Iraqi military command has launched a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units, a crucial step in its effort to reb(...)

  Protesters demanding higher wages and unionisation for fast food workers block traffic near Times Square, New York,  on September 4th. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images 1:59

The “Fight For 15” campaign is such a part of Danielle Wilson’s life that her four-year-old son David knows the demonstrators’ chants off by heart. Wh(...)

Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland said the horsemeat scandal was a ‘ wake-up call to Europe that criminals were getting involved in the food chain”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There are lots of opportunities for criminality in the food chain which is seen as a “soft target”, the chief executive of the Food Safety Authority o(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Ireland to continue providing humanitarian aid in Iraq and Syria for people affected by the rise of the Islamic State militants, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Ireland to continue providing humanitarian aid in Iraq and Syria for people affected by the rise of the Isl(...)

US companies, faced with one of the highest rates of corporate tax in the world - 35 per cent – have long sought to minimise their tax bill. One way h(...)

The Obama administration has begun a crackdown designed to curb tax avoidance by US companies moving to low-tax countries with new rules aimed at stemming the pace of “corporate inversions”. Photograph:  Shawn Thew/EPA.

The Obama administration has begun a crackdown designed to curb tax avoidance by US companies moving to low-tax countries with new rules aimed at stem(...)

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley speaking with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at confirmation hearing before the Senate foreign relations committee in July.

The American Ireland Fund, the influential philanthropic group, sent a strongly worded letter of frustration to the Democratic and Republican leaders (...)

Students and teachers attend a rally during the class boycott at the Chinese University of Hong Kong today. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.

Thousands of students braved sweltering heat in Hong Kong today to demand greater democracy as they launched a week-long boycott of classes, undersco(...)