There were moments when it seemed like an encounter on First Dates Ireland during Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s meeting with US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looked somewhat out of his comfort zone on Thursday, sitting in the Oval Office making small talk with US president Donald Trum(...)

President Donald  Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: many children and grandchildren of Irish emigrants tend to row in behind the Republican Party. Photograph: Chris Kleponis

When Ireland’s national day approaches, the business community tends not to look inwards, but instead prefers to look west to the US, usually forming (...)

Minister for Business  Heather Humphreys at the opening of Wisetek’s facility in Texas.

IT asset disposal firm Wisetek has opened a new operations centre in the United States, creating 25 jobs. The Cork-based company has added the Austin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO of Texas Tribune at the SXSW festival in Austin on Sunday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Critics of the SXSW event usually point to the fact that it has grown too big for any one start-up, organisation or even country to make its presence (...)

Machaela O’Leary (left) and Catherine Coffey,  co-founders of Lexi

Machaela O’Leary and Catherine Coffey are childhood friends who met in their local Brownies group at the age of eight. They went through secondary sch(...)

The study found that  Irish graduates are well regarded, but also noted shortages in areas such as coding

A shortage of talent in Ireland’s IT sector is fuelling wage growth, which is nearly three times the national average, a new study has revealed. The (...)

Scientific research is expensive and the Government is the biggest funder of Irish science. A major problem can arise, however, when government contro(...)

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon. The Fuelling Ambition Roadshow for female entrepreneurs will include a leadership masterclass and an elevator pitch competition.

Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland have announced details of their annual Fuelling Ambition Roadshow for female entrepreneurs, which has a prize p(...)

Trump that: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Arnold Schwarzenegger in Austin, Texas, while in the city for the South by Southwest festival as part of his visit to the United States. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Appearances from Democratic senator Bernie Sanders and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are the only major political events on the schedule as SXSW programmers (...)

The US Capitol Building  in Washington DC. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the value of Ireland’s foreign direct investment into the US  was €69bn in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Close to 800 Irish companies have operations in the United States, employing more than 100,000 people, according to new figures. The data comes as St(...)

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