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Enda Kenny: “Obviously we now have to have our own connections with a Republican party that controls both the congress and senate, in addition to connections with the American political system in general’’

The Taoiseach has said US vice president-elect Mike Pence explained Donald Trump’s remarks about illegal immigrants in their recent telephone convers(...)

Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine and Republican vice-presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence: both have Irish roots. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

In advance of the debate between the two US vice-presidential candidates, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, much was made by Irish commentators of the candida(...)

Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, is named after his Sligo grandfather Richard Michael Cawley, a Chicago bus driver, with whom he was “especially close”. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

One Capitol Hill staffer recalls a question asked at a table quiz in Washington a few years ago: who is the only member of Congress to have cut turf i(...)

Indiana governor Mike Pence has been selected by Donald Trump to be his running mate. Mr Pence hails from an Irish Catholic family with grandparents from Sligo and Clare. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has formally named Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate, ending weeks of speculati(...)

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana: his grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, emigrated to the US from Tubercurry, Co Sligo. Photograph: the New York Times

Indiana governor Mike Pence, a front-runner to be Donald Trump’s running mate, shares Irish connections with the New York billionaire. Mr Pence’s gre(...)

Damien Hayes and his team-mates celebrate with the trophy after Galway won the Leinster hurling championship in 2012. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There’s still no sign of an All-Ireland and last autumn’s turbulence – the messy coup against manager Anthony Cunningham – has left bruised sensibilit(...)

 Children stand on top of a track at a makeshift refugee camp at the port of Piraeus.  EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Last week TD Mick Wallace told the story of a 15-year-old refugee whom he met in Calais. The boy’s parents and siblings had been killed in Afghanistan(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told New York gathering it was “no accident” the US was the only country mentioned in  1916 Proclamation: five of  seven signatories  had spent time in  US. Photograph: James Higgins

Matthias “Matty” Reilly does not believe that the 1916 Proclamation will be fully realised until there is a united Ireland. The 75-year-old Fermana(...)

US president Barack Obama accepts a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

My history professor called them gobbets. They were short excerpts from momentous political speeches or texts to dissect: a what-they-said/ what-they-(...)

Tommy O’Malley, a Wexford-born novelist and associate professor of English at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Irish-American immigrant Tommy O’Malley has condemned plans by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to hunt down and deport his hypothetical nam(...)

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