Lucinda Creighton took to the plinth  to demand that the Government publish the advice it was given by the Attorney General, Máire Whelan, on the setting-up of the IBRC commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Every Easter weekend, the teachers’ unions go off for a few days to some hotel or other, looking for notice. And they get it, too: acres of space in (...)

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tennessee that he would “build a big, beautiful safe zone” inside Syria where people could find refuge.  Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

More than half of America’s states are refusing to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks as Republican presidential contenders propo(...)

French president  François Hollande observes a minute’s silence with other high-ranking officials. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/Reuters

President François Hollande has asked 925 members of France’s national assembly and senate to modify France’s constitution to enable the government to(...)

French president Francois Hollande, centre, flanked by French prime minister Manuel Valls, right, and French education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, center left, stands among students during a minute of silence in the courtyard of the Sorbonne University in Paris. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/Pool via AP

French president Francois Hollande appealed on Monday for a grand coalition including the United States and Russia to eradicate Islamic State in Syria(...)

A Labour spokesman has said: “Maíria Cahill [right] has addressed her brief involvement with RNU on numerous occasions in the past, and on the public record.” The spokesman said Labour was proud Ms Cahill was the party’s candidate for the Seanad. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised the Labour Party’s candidate for a vacant Seanad seat, Maíria Cahill, for refusing to answer questions(...)

Former US senator Fred Thompson. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Fred D Thompson, a former US senator, actor and Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. The cause was a(...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush (left) and Donald Trump look on during a break in the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The third debate in the Republican White House race was dominated not by the runaway leaders – outsiders Donald Trump and retired surgeon Ben Carson –(...)

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner hugs his successor Paul Ryan in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: AP

Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been elected the 62nd speaker of the House, taking over from John Boehner. Mr Ryan’s ascent comes during a period of chaos(...)

 Jeb Bush (left) listens as senator Marco Rubio makes a point at the 2016 US Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28th, 2015. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Withering put-downs and sharp exchanges dominated the third Republican presidential debate as the one-time frontrunner Jeb Bush came off worst on a(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders: says he plans to deliver a “major speech” on his political philosophy. “We have some explaining and work to do.” Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

When German social theorist Werner Sombart asked in his 1906 essay Why Is There No Socialism in America?, he reached the same conclusion his compatrio(...)