Director of SXSW Interactive Hugh Forrest: “The tight connection with the community is one of the things that helps keep the event relevant, fresh and cutting-edge”

South by Southwest (SXSW) did not put Austin, Texas on the map, but in a city that has attracted every beatnik, bohemian, artist and musician in the (...)

Consul General Adrian Farrell (left) with Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler (right)

While Ireland may be the entry point for many US companies trying to break into the wider European market, the city of Austin is providing Irish firms(...)

Bill de Blasio at the Irish consulate on Park Avenue in New York. Photograph: Simon Carswell

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has hailed the opening up of the Manhattan St Patrick’s Day parade to openly gay groups as a “beautiful day,” sayin(...)

A file photograph of gay activists displaying signs along the St Patrick’s Day parade route in New York in protest at being excluded from the annual event. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is ending a two-year boycott of Manhattan’s St Patrick’s Day parade and has agreed to march this year after organi(...)

Ibrahim Halawa  is due to face his 12th court hearing today in a mass trial with over 400 other prisoners and potentially faces the death penalty. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Ibrahim Halawa has now spent 876 days without trial in a squalid Egyptian prison. My involvement with the campaign for his release began in April 2014(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said: “The foreign secretary knows where we stand in terms of our wish for the UK to remain in the EU.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has urged Irish businesses to play a part in persuading Britain to remain in the European Union. Speakin(...)

Cathriona White, from Co Tipperary, who was found dead at her LA home on Monday. The beauty therapist was a former partner of actor Jim Carrey. Photograph: Splash News

Cathriona White, an Irish beauty therapist and former girlfriend of actor Jim Carrey, has been found dead in her Los Angeles residence, according to p(...)

Hong Kong financial secretary John Tsang with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and Ambassador to China Paul Kavanagh at the official opening of Ireland’s first consulate-general in Hong Kong.  city in Asia, according to local media. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s links to Hong Kong are apparent from a stroll through the city, with street names like Connaught, O’Brien and Hennessy, and the relationship(...)

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin following her time in Egypt where she met with Ibrahim Halawa. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin – describing Mr Halawa as a “young Dub who speaks with a Dublin accent” – questioned the Irish Government’s “beh(...)

A view of the collapsed fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

A month on from the Berkeley balcony collapse, two more students of the seven injured in the tragedy are awaiting final medical approval to travel (...)