US vice-president Mike Pence and his wife Karen  arrive  in Seoul, South Korea last month: Her prominent role raised questions. Photgraph: Song Kyung-Seok-Pool/Getty Images

No one thought it odd that Karen Pence accompanied her husband, Mike, the US vice-president, on his 10-day trip to Asia. Nor that they took the kids a(...)

Haughey family members including Seán Haughey (left) and Ciarán Haughey (right) escort the remains of Maureen Haughey at her funeral at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Maureen Haughey (91), who died on St Patrick’s Day, used to joke that her late father, former taoiseach Seán Lemass, could never pronounce the word lo(...)

 President Donald  Trump accepts a bowl of shamrock from  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a reception in the East Room of the White House, March 16th, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

For two comical, chaotic minutes, pandemonium reigned in the Oval Office. It was not what we expected and yet . . . And yet, when Donald met Enda, i(...)

The difference between Leo Varadkar’s relationship status and Simon Coveney’s: is it important?  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but do most people really care who the next Fine Gael leader is? Do they have extraordinarily strong feelings (...)

Due to an unfortunate oversight, we understand the hotel that hosted the Fine Gael ladies lunch was not given the instruction to limit the free drink to a bottle of red and a bottle of white per table.

A lot of talk about “straws in the wind” in a week when the countdown to Enda Kenny’s departure from the leadership of Fine Gael became the talk of Le(...)

Every week, The Women’s Podcast asks listeners a question and this week, in preparation for a special food episode of the podcast next week, presen(...)

Fionnuala Kenny the wife of the Fine Gael leader Enda`Kenny with cardboard images of her husband , at a rally of supporters in Dublin’s Temple Bar in 2007 Photograph: Eric Luke

Perhaps you missed it. “Fionnuala, you are down there. I know you put up with an awful lot. You’re a great woman, the best I met.” Ah here, Enda. “The(...)

 Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala Kenny  with US president Barack Obama at a lunch held in the Taoiseach’s honour in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Marty Katz

In a hushed Oval Office yesterday, Barack Obama was asked he if he was planning a return trip to Ireland. Though he didn’t say when, he said he(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama with Moya Doherty and Fionnuala Kenny at a performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre last Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

And speaking of slobbering . . . Here’s the Taoiseach’s wife, Fionnuala Kenny, introducing the guest of honour at Monday’s special performance of Rive(...)

 Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha,  with  Fionnuala Kenny, at a performance of Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

US first lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of community, tradition and personal resilience in a speech to hundreds of students from schools (...)