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Publicity shot: Cllr Leo Varadkar running in Dublin West for Fine Gael in the 2007 general election.

February 23rd, 1999 Mary O’Rourke’s outburst reveals either a breathtaking ignorance of European law and politics or, worse still, a calculated an(...)

Rory McIlroy  warms up on the driving range during practice for the World Golf Championships in Mexico City on Tuesday. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Focus on Rory McIlroy’s return after a seven-week absence from competitive golf and any impact on Masters preparations could wait. Inevitably, as he (...)

George Bush ignored repeated warnings from economists over  fiscal profligacy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a myth that the US Republican Party is populated with fiscally conservative but responsible politicians – a myth largely perpetuated by the R(...)

US president Barack Obama:  Lost touch with his revolutionary side and settled comfortably into being an Ivy League east coast cerebral elitist who hung out with celebrities. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

You know how desperate president Obama is – as he contemplates all his accomplishments going down the drain at the hands of a man he has total contemp(...)

 Donald Trump: verbal threats and belligerent attacks, four-letter words and  the whole sleazy underside of the web came from candidates and party officials themselves. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Eight years ago, the US experienced the first election in which the internet became a major campaign tool, buoyed by the work of some rapidly growing (...)

Kunduz Hospital: Two days before the second  attack, Russian aircraft bombed targets in Syria. The US claimed irresponsible targeting had resulted in civilians being killed.

Asked on Monday whether the US had decided to reject referral of the bombing of the hospital at Kunduz to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Stat(...)

 Edward Kennedy flanked by  President Mary McAleese and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott talks to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 16, 2000. Photo: AP Photo/Hillery Smith Garrison

From 1987 to 1998 I worked with Senator Ted Kennedy and served as his foreign policy advisor during pivotal years in the Northern Ireland peace proces(...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

Judi Dench, star of the movie Philomena, which tells the story of Philomena Lee. Photograph Tim P Whitby/Getty.

The congregation of nuns which ran the mother- and-baby home featured in the film Philomena has denied receiving money for babies put up for adoption.(...)