Politician of the Year: Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Politician of the Year: Green Party leader Eamon Ryan The Greens soared in popularity during the European and local elections, taking two seats in Eu(...)

Federal Reserve chairman Jay  Powell: statement to Congress come as investors bet that the reserve’s monetary policymakers will move as early as late July to cut its main interest rate by at least 25 basis points Photograph: Getty

Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Jay Powell has cemented the case for the US central bank to cut interest rates based on mounting risks to the US ec(...)

Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve: “Libra raises many serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability.” Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell warned on Wednesday that Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency, called Libra, cannot move forward unless the social media(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett with US vice-president Mike Pence and his sister Anne Pence Poynter at the vice-president’s official residence in Washington DC in March. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

US vice-president Mike Pence is to visit Ireland in September, his first trip here in an official capacity. Mr Pence, who has family roots in Ireland(...)

US attorney general William Barr testifies before a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday on the Mueller report. Photograph: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

US attorney general William Barr defended his handling of the Mueller investigation during a fiery appearance at a US Senate committee on Wednesday. (...)

US president Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller and US attorney general William Barr. Photographs: Shawn Thew/EPA, Kevin Lamarque/Reuters, Ein Schaff/New York Times

Special counsel Robert Mueller said he lacked confidence to clear US president Donald Trump of obstruction of justice but suggested Congress could tak(...)

House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressman Richard Neal address the media at the Irish Border. Photograph: PA

Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has paid tribute to John Hume’s role as a peacemaker during a visit to Derry. Speaking in t(...)

Leo Varadkar  and Nancy Pelosi at Government Buildings, Dublin. Ms Pelosi indicated she would look at the possibility of attaching the Irish visa Bill to a routine funding Bill being passed by Congress. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

US Democrat politician Nancy Pelosi has said she will renew efforts to pass a Bill extending working E3 visas to the Irish and raise the issue with th(...)

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne - Pool/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and members of her US congressional delegation that he knows they will be there to protect (...)

Nancy Pelosi receives a standing ovation in the Dáil on Wednesday. Handout photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

Nothing must happen to imperil the Belfast Agreement and the seamless Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, US speaker of the House of Represen(...)

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