Theresa Villiers: is meeting Charlie Flanagan to plan talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The US administration is determined that talks aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Northern Ireland should succeed, Minister for Foreign Affa(...)

Kevin O’Malley (left) being sworn in as the new US ambassador to Dublin by US vice president Joe Biden

The United States is expected to take a role in Northern Ireland’s reconvened inter-party talks aimed at attempting to resolve outstanding political i(...)

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 (...)

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

Irish-American lawyer Kevin O’Malley was approved by the US Senate as the new ambassador to Ireland, finally confirming his appointment to a role that(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former American ambassador Dan Rooney. The US Senate is due to vote today on the appointment of Missouri lawyer Kevin F O’Malley as ambassador to Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

The United States Senate is due to vote on the appointment of Missouri lawyer Kevin F O’Malley as ambassador to Ireland today. President Obama’s nomin(...)

At Provost House, Trinity College, at the awarding of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature were Patricia Rooney, the winner Colin Barrett and former US ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was at least one happy Mayo man on the planet last night, even if he has listed football as one of his interests, “playing as well as watching.(...)

Dermot Desmond after being conferred with  an honorary degree at Queen’s University  Belfast yesterday, accompanied by his daughter-in-law, musician Andrea Corr.  Photograph:  Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

Financier Dermot Desmond has criticised AIB for the manner in which it acted against Sir Anthony O’Reilly. He praised Sir Anthony’s contribution to Ir(...)

1998: Leaves Heinz after 26 years with the company

May 7th 1936 Born in Dublin to Jack O’Reilly and Aileen O’Connor. 1940s Educated at Belvedere College, Dublin 1955 Makes debut (...)

 US President Barack Obama: Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a personal priority for him, according to his chief of staff Denis McDonough

Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a “fundamental national priority” for the US and “a personal priority” for President Barack Obama, despite (...)

Chief executive of the Worldwide Ireland Funds, Kieran McLoughlin (l), Angel Regan (11) from North Belfast and Chairman of the American Ireland Fund, John Fitzpatrick on a visit to Cinemagic, a project in receipt of financial support from the Ireland Funds. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Governments, civic society and philanthropists must remain focused on achieving a normalised society in Northern Ireland, Kieran McLoughlin, president(...)