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President Michael D Higgins has described Chicago with its many immigrants from all over the world as the ‘great melting pot city’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins said he was “much more optimistic” about a breakthrough in a reform of American immigration laws to help the estimated 50,(...)

Richard Bruton said he was “very saddened” to see Mr Shatter’s departure but welcomed Ms Fitzgerald’s appointment.
Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald’s appointment as Minister for Justice replacing Alan Shatter is an opportunity to strengthen oversight of the Garda Síochana, said (...)

Spain’s  Sergio Garcia: and England’s Justin Rose played in a 15-inch-hole event at the Reynolds Plantation resort recently. Photograph: Getty Images

Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures – some would say gimmick(...)

Ardagh paid $880 million for Anchor Glass in 2012. The business consisted of eight manufacturing plants, as well as a head office and other infrastructure.

Ardagh Group is likely to make just under $500 million (€362m) with the sale of six US glass-manufacturing plants to private equity fund KPS Ca(...)

Gerry McCartney, vice president for IT and chief information officer, Purdue University, Indiana

It’s a long journey from joining the Christian Brothers to becoming one of the leading technology innovators in the US, but then Gerry McCartne(...)

Mikal O’Boyle outtside her fairytale thatched cottage with her husband Aidan, baby Isabella Maeve and her first book, Snake the Gypsy

The key to my success is this: I am a child in an adult’s body. When I was young, I used to camp out in my room in the smallest of towns in nor(...)

The O’Connell statue after a shower on June 8th, 1961 Photograph: Charles Cushman:  From the University of Indiana Collection

Chances are if you close your eyes and picture the Dublin of the 1950s and 1960s, the images that will come to mind are in black and white. Gritty str(...)

In July, the Federal Trade Commission warned that the takeover of Veralliato by Ardagh could result in US consumers paying higher prices for beers and spirits.

Packaging group Ardagh has to repay the $1.4 billion raised to pay for its proposed purchase of US rival Verallia having missed a deadline for appr(...)

The law against marijuana was lifted in Colorado on January 1st, bringing possession of a $10 bag of pot into the same category as laundering hundreds(...)

People use skyways to avoid going outside as temperatures  in Minneapolis dropped to -25 degrees Celsius. Photograph: EPA/Craig Lassig.

Temperatures plunged to record lows on the US east coast as the so-called polar vortex drove freezing Arctic wind chills eastwards in another day o(...)

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