US president Donald Trump picks up a bowl of shamrocks in the White House on St Patrick’s Day last year as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice-president Mike Pence look on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Rituals matter. Next week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will present a bowl of shamrock to US president Donald Trump in the White House, continuing a tradi(...)

Representatives for Bill and Hillary Clinton hit back on Monday at a series of claims made by Trina Vargo in Shenanigans: The US-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Bill and Hillary Clinton have dismissed allegations in a new book on the Ireland-US relationship that funding was cut for scholarship programme becaus(...)

Congressman Brendan Boyle (left) has introduced a resolution outlining opposition to a hard border in Ireland.

A resolution opposing the re-imposition of a hard border in Northern Ireland has been introduced in the US Congress amid growing concern among the Iri(...)

John Kerry: “I have concerns that depending on what kind of Brexit takes place, it could have a negative impact on the progress made in the last 20 years... We have to see how this is going to be resolved.” File photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Former US secretary of state John Kerry has warned it is “imperative” to resolve the issues thrown up by Brexit surrounding the Irish Border in a way (...)

Northern Ireland fans. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In Colum McCann’s novel TransAtlantic, in the the section on senator George Mitchell and his role in the build-up to the Belfast Agreement, Mitchell ((...)

 Mary Robinson said she  did not want to “say anything that would cause any sort of waves” while “very delicate discussions” were taking place on Brexit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The former president Mary Robinson has stated that she feared Brexit would threaten the Northern Ireland peace process. Ms Robinson, when delivering (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the announcement of  his arts initiative at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“Material things are not important to me,” President Michael D Higgins said on Thursday when asked about Joan Freeman’s inclusion of him among the mil(...)

George Mitchell calls on political leaders in Northern Ireland to demonstrate courage and resolve to end the political logjam. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It would be an “immense tragedy” if the political process were to fail 20 years after the Belfast Agreement, former US Senator George Mitchell warned (...)

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first-ever debate on child safeguarding in the 25-year history of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin in Aug(...)

Former CIA director Mike Pompeo, pictured at Thursday’s Senate hearing, became Secretary of State after Donald Trump fired  Rex Tillerson. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Doubts have been raised about the appointment of a US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had not consider(...)

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