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Niall O’Dowd is founder of Irish American Magazine, the Irish Voice Newspaper, and IrishCentral.com. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A summer long ago, 1985 to be exact, I found myself making the most important decision of my life. I had lived in California for seven years but had (...)

Actor Cynthia Nixon:  in her campaign to be New York’s first woman governor, she has slumped  behind incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty

Voters in New York go to the polls on Thursday in what promises to be one of the most closely watched primary races of the year. Like many establishe(...)

Rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Department chaplain, Fr Mychal Judge, from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th, 2001. Judge was the first official victim of the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Often, Irish identity abroad is linked to a number of accepted traits. At times, this idealised identity has not seemed flexible enough to contain dif(...)

Nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11 when other airplanes were flown into New York’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon

US president Donald Trump led tributes to the thousands of victims who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, as America h(...)

“The American health insurance system is a broken machine. It cares not for the health of a person, it cares only for the delivery of payment.”

One morning in New York, I opened a medical bill with a curious item listed on it: “Control of Complex Nose Bleed – $700”. If you have ever wondered h(...)

‘In fairness to Kofi Annan, he expressed a sense of institutional responsibility for what happened in Rwanda.’ Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Given the secretive, supremely political process by which a UN secretary general is chosen – the successful candidate is invariably the person who lea(...)

Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and longtime fixer, leaving federal court in New York on Tuesday, where he  pleaded guilty  to campaign finance violations and other charges. Photograph: Andres Kudacki/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has accused his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, of making up “stories in order to get a ‘deal’”. Mr Trump’s tweet came afte(...)

Lauryn Hill performing at Brixton Academy, London in 1999. Photograph:  Chris Lopez/Sony Music Archive/Getty Images

At the 1999 Grammy Awards, Lauryn Hill marked her coronation by singing a simple song about her newborn son. With legendary axe-man Carlos Santana car(...)

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to US president Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building  in New York on Tuesday, shortly before his appearance in court. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Tuesday said Mr Trump directed him to make payments that violated campaign finance laws, in an(...)

New York City. In early November and from January through early March, however, luxury hotel prices drop by around 20 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Luxury travel can be experienced in two ways: by paying top dollar or by paying less. Given the choice, wouldn’t you pick the latter? Of course, the (...)

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