Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan spoke about the plight of undocumented Irish in the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the plight of undocumented Irish in the US is “not just a St Patrick’s Day issue”. Along with T(...)

‘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(...)

US President Barack Obama walks through a hallway after meeting with House Democrats at the US Capitol  in Washington. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

President Barack Obama suffered a humiliating defeat on his planned free trade deals as Democrats in the House of Representatives rebuffed a last-minu(...)

Almost three weeks after President Barack Obama said the US was not losing to Sunni extremists in Iraq his administration is sending a further 450 (...)

US president Barack Obama has paid tribute to an Irish woman who has just become a US citizen in an address on immigration reform. Photograph:  Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to an Irish woman who has just become a US citizen in an address on immigration reform. Mr Obama said Ann Der(...)

Glory years: Alfie Byrne, nicknamed ‘the shaking hand of Dublin’ because of his relentless canvassing

He was elected lord mayor of Dublin a record 10 times. He was also an MP, a TD and a senator. Such was his popularity that he once looked likely to b(...)

The US government’s bulk collection program was first revealed by documents obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, the most significant surveillance r(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell: wanted the Patriot Act’s bulk collection to be extended for another five years Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

So what spying powers has the US lost? The National Security Agency’s legal authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, part of t(...)

Interviews with US law enforcement and intelligence officials  suggest there are multiple workarounds to a gap in intelligence that has opened up  due to a lapse in US counterterrorism laws. File photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters 1:10

For the first time since the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Americans will again be free to place phone calls to friends,(...)

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early on Monday after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats. Photograph: AFP 1:10

The US government’s authority to collect telephone records in bulk under legislation introduced after the September 11th, 2001 attacks lapsed at midni(...)