British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Belfast  Agreement 20th anniversary event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It snowed in Washington the night before Leo arrived. Unfortunately it wasn’t Situation Room weather. The snow didn’t stick. Which is a pity, because (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes questions from the floor after giving a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to assure unionists that Ireland has “no hidden agenda” as he called on them to get behind efforts to break the poli(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

As Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House passes the one-year mark this weekend, many are reflecting on a presidency that most people never thought (...)

It never rains but it pours: Ireland is facing the double whammy of Brexit and the impending overhaul of US tax policy. Photograph: iStock

With the biggest overhaul of US taxation in three decades and the small matter of Brexit waiting for us in 2018, it would be remiss to think it’ll be (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe begins a four-day visit to the United States on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe begins a four-day visit to the United States on Monday, arriving in the country to discuss international tax issu(...)

Indpendent TD Katherine Zappone is now seeing her preferred model of childcare, that is, direct payments to childcare providers, being implemented.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Read quickly, the draft partnership programme for government appears to signal a shift in childcare policy. After all, promising “targeted supports to(...)

An RAF Typhoon plane flies above  southern Cyprus on Thursday. Photograph: Darren Staples

Britain’s entry into the air war in Syria against Islamic State is unlikely to drive the militarised cult from its capital at Raqqa city, the country(...)

Anna Kern with her leaving cert results pictured with her mother, Lyudmyla Kyrychenko and sister, Olga Kyrychenko. Photograph: Adrian Butler

Anyone who wants an economically strong Ireland should give quiet thanks to Anna Kern. The Ukrainian-born student achieved close to the highest possib(...)

Grassroots protest: demonstrators outside Grove Hotel in Watford, during the annual Bilderberg conference in 2013. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The news on Friday that Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been asked to join the storied Bilderberg conference prompts the obvious question:(...)

CRH are truly Irish - many of the other companies pushing FDI to the USA are as American as baseball but based here for tax reasons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

To paraphrase the old saying about statistics; it is a case of lies, dammed lies and surveys in the constant battle for mobile investment. A case in p(...)

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