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US House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Ambassadors from several European countries – including Irish ambassador to the United States Dan Mulhall – have urged US Congress to support the rece(...)

Donald Trump, with Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh, sheriff of Chester County, Pennsylvania (L) and AJ Louderback, sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, attends a roundtable discussion on border security in the cabinet room of the White House on Friday. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

The partial shutdown of the US government has entered its 22nd day — becoming the longest closure in the country’s history. The milestone was passed (...)

The lounge bar area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa in Co Meath.

According to wildlife holiday expert Naturetrek, wildlife enthusiasts are veering away from the tried and tested treks and instead are looking for mor(...)

Dara Ó Briain: Despite being a fluent Irish speaker and GAA supporter has been called a ‘West Brit’. Photograph: Alan Betson

All kinds of things can get you called a West Brit these days. Voting Fine Gael. Being from Dublin. Being from south Dublin (if the supposed wit is fr(...)

Woman at Her Toilette, 1875-80, Art Institute of Chicago

There is nothing new about creative women being slighted by male-dominated institutions. But in recent decades, there developed a tendency to exaggera(...)

 William and Kate with   Meghan and  Harry  on Christmas Day in Sandringham. Photograph: Stephen Pond/ Getty Images

If you’ve been keeping up with your news of the British royals recently – as opposed to doing something useful while you wait for January to pass, lik(...)

Is there really so much to celebrate? Photograph: Getty

Here’s my story. Last November we thought we might go away in the new year. Just a night or two. Perhaps one of those old country piles you find in th(...)

The American Ireland Fund is seeking damages of between $200,000 and $1 million in the case, according to court records.

A former American Ireland Fund director being sued by the charity for alleged embezzlement is objecting to details of her credit card spending on heal(...)

 Malokurilskaya Bay on Shikotan Island, one of the Kuril islands under Russian control. Photograph:  Getty Images

Russia has rejected Japan’s assertion that it was ready to loosen its grip on the Kuril islands, dashing hopes that the two countries might be close t(...)

A 2016 Iona Institure report found that unskilled workers are only half as likely as professionals to be married – 66 per cent compared to 32 per cent Photograph: iStock

The Iona Institute, of which I am a patron, has published research based on the 2016 Census, which shows not only that marriage rates are much lower a(...)

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