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The US Capitol early on Friday. Despite an attempt by Rand Paul to slow down the process, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to continue to fund the government and lift strict budget caps. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

For the second time in three weeks the US slipped into a government shutdown after Republican senator Rand Paul made a one-man protest against the pro(...)

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald: “Mary Lou has been part of the leadership for a long time. It’s not like she has landed down from Mars.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fiachra McGuinness, son of Martin McGuinness, posted a poignant tweet recently. It showed two photographs, both featuring his late father alongside th(...)

US House speaker Paul Ryan  answers questions  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

This week saw the inner workings – some would say dysfunction – of the US Congress fully on display, as the US slipped into its second government shut(...)

The leather was about a foot long and could deliver a breathtakingly stinging blow when delivered by a strong adult to a child

The funeral of my last remaining uncle, Jim Morrin, brought me to the Church of Our Lady and St David in Naas recently, where I made for one of the si(...)

US president Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One in Lewisburg, West Virginia where he addressed Republican members of Congress at a retreat. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

The White House is expected to release a controversial memo on Friday in a move that threatens to escalate tensions with the FBI. US president Donald (...)

 Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, with his staff, walks to the Senate floor to continue work on ending the government shutdown in the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

US politicians met in emergency sessions on Saturday in a bid to find a solution to the crisis that has led to the US government shutting down after t(...)

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 (...)

The stand-off has caused president Donald Trump to cancel his planned departure on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Frantic negotiations were continuing in Washington on Friday in a bid to avoid a government shutdown, as politicians raced to secure enough votes for (...)

US president Donald Trump with White House chief of staff John Kelly: Mr Trump directly contradicted Mr Kelly in a flurry of early-morning tweets.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/File Photo

US president Donald Trump appeared to undermine his own party’s efforts to avoid a government shutdown that could kick in at midnight on Friday in a s(...)

Copies of  ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ by  Michael Wolff  at the Book Culture bookstore in New York on Friday. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

As a cold spell descended on Washington DC this week, another political drama was gripping the city. Just days into 2018 the White House was plunged(...)

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