“Democrats are taking action to lead our country out of this mess,” Nancy Pelosi, above, and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Democrats in the US House of Representatives plan to vote on Thursday on a funding package to end the 10-day-old partial US government shutdown, witho(...)

US president Donald Trump on Monday made another attempt to convince the US public that the federal government shutdown is the fault of Democrats. Photograph: Reuters

US president uses Fox News interview to blame Democrats for impasse as partial closure stretches into New Year’s Eve US president Donald Trump is “re(...)

Northern  Secretary James Brokenshire has approved a £10.6 billion budget to fund services while  Stormont  is suspended. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Northern Ireland will get an additional £322 million as part of a “Brokenshire budget” that will boost total public spending over 2017-2018 to more t(...)

DCU’s Water Institute monitors water quality in Dublin Bay.

Ireland is back in the dock. The Environmental Protection Agency recently found waste-water facilities do not comply with EU standards in 50 of Irelan(...)

’Essentially, politics has to change, and quickly. Or risk alienating people altogether’

Politics is a mess. That’s a well-known fact. The young people, generally, don’t care, and the adults wish they didn’t have to. Career politics has mo(...)

Fine Gael Ministers of State:Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Defence: Pa(...)