Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney: the company said the recall was a “purely precautionary measure, as no finished products have been found to have listeria present and no confirmed illnesses have been reported”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Greencore shares fell by 7.2 per cent on Monday after it was forced to recall several product lines on foot of a listeria scare at its plant in Rhode (...)

Republican senate majority leader  Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor in the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US senator Mitch McConnell on Tuesday officially pulled the plug on the latest plan to repeal the healthcare law, telling senators they will not vote (...)

Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name “Tully” back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. (...)

Tim Findlen and Joel Eckhaus with Tony Boland (R), director of Sunday’s Ukelele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The rise and fall and rise again of the ukulele tells us as much about the times we live in as it does about the humble instrument itself. Once deri(...)

Opponents criticised moves to include a version  that would allow insurers to sell plans that don’t comply with the Obamacare requirements. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Republicans in the US Congress were in chaos over healthcare legislation after a second attempt to pass a Bill in the Senate collapsed late on Monday,(...)

Martin Landau displays the Oscar he won for Best Supporting Actor at the 67th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles ,March 27th, 1995. File photograph: Blake Sell/Reuters

Martin Landau, who won an Oscar for his performance as Bela Lugosi in 1994’s Ed Wood, has died aged 89. Landau died on Saturday of unexpected complic(...)

Mika Brzezinski, a co-presenter of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, who was targetted on Twitter by US President Donald Trump. Photograph: Robert Caplin/The New York Times

Donald Trump’s war on the media took a graphic turn on Thursday when the president launched a highly personal attack on a female host of MSNBC’s morni(...)

Lilies left in remembrance to Martin McGuinness at the gates of the Sinn Féin offices at Connolly House, Andersonstown, Belfast. Photograph: PA

History will judge Martin McGuinness kindly according to people living in the republican heartland of west Belfast. There was a sense of shock and sa(...)

 In Maine, the much-disputed Oxford comma has helped a group of dairy drivers in a dispute with a company about overtime pay.  File photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Never let it be said that grammar doesn’t matter. In Maine, the much-disputed Oxford comma has helped a group of dairy drivers in a dispute with a c(...)

A man walks up the steps of the US supreme court  in Washington, DC on Tuesday.  President Donald Trump is due to announce his nomination to fill a year-long vacancy on the court. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democrats are ready to fight fire with fire in what promises to be an extraordinary political battle over Donald Trump’s choice to fill a year-long va(...)