John F Kennedy in the Dáil during his visit to Ireland 1963: a joke he made fell flat with president Éamon De Valera.

President John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963 just months before his assassination offered Sean Lemass the opportunity to put forward an im(...)

Portrait of Seán Lemass in Leinster House.

Harold MacMillan and the United Kingdom’s EEC membership “I do not think that either MacMillan or any member of the British government ever fully und(...)

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

44 meets 45: President Obama and President-elect Trump in November 2016. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The email arrived the afternoon after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. “Life is never a straight arrow!” its sender wrote in t(...)

Former US president Barack Obama receives his bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a St Patrick’s Day reception  in 2012. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

While the first St Patrick’s Day meeting in the White House between a US president and a taoiseach took place back in 1956, it has only become an annu(...)

US  president Barack Obama  receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the  St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

US president-elect Donald Trump has promised to continue the tradition of inviting the Taoiseach to the White House for the presentation of a bowl of (...)

London: A new “hopper” bus ticket is to be rolled out across the English capital

Miami heat  Icelandic airline WOW Air has announced a new route from Dublin to Miami, from €139 one way. This is to be the eighth US destination(...)

Nigel Farage (right), former leader of the UK Independence Party,  has said that he will speak at a rally for US Republican presidential candidate  Donald Trump in Mississippi on Wednesday night. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images.

Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party, may be about to challenge Donald Trump’s claim to being “Mr Brexit.” The British politician(...)

David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years.” Photograph:  Gustau Nacarino/Reuters/File Photo

RIP GOP There was no better place that an Irish bar for some Republicans to mourn the death of their party as Donald Trump formally accepted the pres(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses delegates at the end of the last day of the Republican National Convention  in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph:   Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Standing on a noisy Republican convention floor, Thomas Mendenhall, a 67-year-old from Missouri, is wearing a Trump 2016 scarf with the slogan Make A(...)

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