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“The rain here is absolute, magnificent, and frightening,” said Heinrich Böll. Above, 2014 flooding in Cork. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty caused commotion during the week with her contention that the public services card is “mandatory but not(...)

The sponsors of the new Bill, which would reduce legal immigration to the US, Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. Photograph: Zach Gibson/EPA

US president Donald Trump’s latest immigration initiative aimed at limiting visas to high-skilled workers “is going nowhere”, according to well-placed(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence. The former governor of Indiana has suggested that gay people should receive medical treatment to change their sexual behaviour. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/Nasa via Getty Images

The visit this week by Enda Kenny to Chicago brought to an end a chapter in Irish-US relations. Kenny used the visit to reaffirm one of his policy pri(...)

 Anglo Irish Bank signage: In his decision on Tuesday to tell the jury to acquit Seán FitzPatrick on all charges, the shredding of documents was among the reasons cited by Judge John Aylmer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kevin O’Connell got a bad feeling when he noticed the pile of documents in the blue plastic tray on the floor behind him, under the window in his offi(...)

  Solicitor Kevin O’Connell, a legal advisor with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement: He sought psychiatric help after he informed the State legal team he had shredded documents relevant to the trial of former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The spectacular ending of the trial of the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán FitzPatrick, has come about in part because documents relevant t(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick arriving for his trial at the Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

The jury in the trial of the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, has been shown CCTV footage of a State investigator on his way to (...)

Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine and Republican vice-presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence: both have Irish roots. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

In advance of the debate between the two US vice-presidential candidates, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, much was made by Irish commentators of the candida(...)

Monument at Victoria Park in Cobourg, an area previously known as Corktown, in Ontario.

The Irish Diaspora Run sees Michael Collins running almost 900km between June 10th and July 10th, from Grosse Île to Toronto(...)

Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan said 80 groups had received funding for diaspora projects in 2015, relating to  culture and heritage, genealogy, communications and networking. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Local authorities and community groups are being invited to apply for up to €660,000 in Government funding for projects that “reach out to their diasp(...)

Last time our ruling class thought there was some kind of historic karma at work - Irish developers flying around in his and hers helicopters was payback for the Great Hunger. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Let’s, just for once, raise a new-year glass to the luck of the Irish. It’s a dreadful phrase and whoever thought it up should be strangled with his o(...)

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