An exceptionally busy international week for Taoiseach Enda Kenny has seen him meet David Cameron in London on British-Irish relations, attend (...)

US senator Rand Paul of Kentucky holds up binders, a reference to his recent 13-hour filibuster, as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference  in Maryland.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has emerged as the preferred 2016 presidential candidate in a closely watched straw poll held a(...)

Steven Anderson and Kimberly Anderson watch the St Patrick's Day Parade in New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny marched up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan today as part of New York’s 252nd St Patrick’s Day parade. In front of a crowd(...)

Mercy mission: New York City has an estimated 50,000 homeless people, including 21,000 children. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty
Feeding Fifth Avenue

Margaret Kelly sighs as the cast of broken people she has met flits across her mind. The former teacher from an old-money family who lapsed int(...)

Oil pumpjacks are seen during sunrise in Williston, North Dakota March 14, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Brent futures rose above $109 (€83.60) a barrel this morning as strong US jobs data fuelled hopes of a better outlook for demand in the world's(...)

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at  the Conservative Political Action Conference in  Maryland yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US Republicans have gathered in Maryland for the Conservative Political Action Conference. The party is using the three-day conclave to search (...)

Newly elected Pope Francis I (2nd R), Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, walks in the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore during a private visit today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Yesterday afternoon, by mistake, someone at the Italian Bishops Conference sent off a telegram of congratulations to Car(...)

Newly elected Pope Francis  conducts a blessing as he appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Photograph:
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It has happened. People around here have been talking about it for years and years but it has finally happened. The cardinals of the Cath(...)

Cyber security threats against the United States are growing, president Barack Obama said before a meeting today with corporate leaders about the issue. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Cyber security threats against the United States are growing, president Barack Obama said before a meeting with corporate leaders about the issue, (...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will in effect be left in charge of the State when Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other Government Ministers travel a(...)