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Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave’s most vivid recollection of US president John F Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Ireland is of the excitement that gripped the country. “I remember driving up Dame Street and people were hanging out of windows to see him coming along as he was going up to the Castle.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s venerable elder statesman, 93-year-old Liam Cosgrave, has a precise memory of the day US president John F Kennedy addressed a joint sitting (...)

A riot policeman fires his weapon while confronting stone-throwing demonstrators during an anti-government protest in Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon river, in Brazil last night. Photograph: Ney Macondes/Reuters

Brazil awoke today to city centres still smouldering after a night that shocked the nation: one million protesters had taken to the streets in scores(...)

Cork-based WiseTek has signed a contract with computer security group McAfee to handle the entire group’s redundant hard ware. Wisetek specialises in (...)

“How big a factor is tax?” David Goulden ponders aloud. “It’s a factor but not the primary one.” The EMC president and chief operating officer is talk(...)

Joe Kennedy with his family when he was US ambassador in London.

In 1848, Patrick Kennedy surveyed the moonscape that was Dunganstown, County Wexford. He regarded both the dead potatoes and his dead neighbours and c(...)

Joe Kennedy III greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny

It was 53 years ago, but Cliff Scott remembers it like it was yesterday. He was just a boy, and the young, dashing US senator whom everybody called Ja(...)

Some professions are more than just a job, they are a vocation. Medicine is one such calling, according to Musa Sharkawi, one of the 226 future doctor(...)

 President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday with departing national security adviser Tom Donilon,  incoming national security adviser Susan Rice (centre) and  Samantha Power, the new US ambassador to the UN.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Obama administration has acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate (...)

Nama and Ulster Bank are Mr Seán Dunne’s largest creditors and are each owed more than €250 million.

The US court official managing the bankruptcy of Seán Dunne has sought to compel the property developer to face his creditors at a meeting in Connecti(...)

When Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin first mooted the idea of selling off the lottery for an upfront payment, An Post’s bid to retain the lucrative franchise looked forlorn.

When Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin first mooted the idea of selling off the lottery for an upfront payment, An Post’s bid to retain t(...)

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