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US president Donald Trump  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Washington DC during St Patrick’s Day celebrations in March 2018. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A renewed push to secure access to the E3 visa scheme for Irish citizens will be undertaken this week, the government’s special envoy to the United St(...)

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(...)

 Micheál Martin says:  ‘I am blocking nobody from running for anything.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sitting Fianna Fáil TDs will not be blocked from standing in this year’s European Parliament elections, party leader Micheál Martin has said. Mr Mar(...)

Political sources have previously said Mr Hogan could change brief if he remains at the Commission. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commissioner Phil Hogan has publicly indicated for the first time that he is open to serving a second five-year term in Brussels. Mr Hogan,(...)

The US Capitol Building Washington at sunset in this week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Ireland’s hopes of securing a new class of visa for Irish citizens have been effectively dashed after the proposal failed to get sufficient support fr(...)

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan  delivers a farewell speech at the Library of Congress in Washington on Wednesday.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

There are growing fears that a deal to secure E3 visas for Irish citizens may not be agreed in time for the close of the current US Congress, leaving (...)

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan has been a key figure in the current effort to extend the visa programme to Irish citizens. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Irish officials are intensifying efforts to ensure that a Senate decision on extending E3 visas to Irish citizens takes place in the coming days, amid(...)

One possible pitfall for Ireland is that South Korea may also want its citizens to be included in the visa scheme which is currently only available to Australia.

A possible Senate vote on a proposal to extend the E3 visa scheme to Irish citizens is likely to be delayed, as the US Capitol focuses on memorials fo(...)

The Government’s special envoy to the US Congress John Deasy (right) with Congressman Richard Neal, who co-sponsored the Bill in the House of Representatives

Legislation that would extend E3 visas to Irish citizens was forwarded to the Senate on Thursday under an expedited process, although a vote is not ex(...)

The Bill only applies to future flows of Irish people rather than undocumented Irish living in the United States.

The US House of Representatives has voted to extend the E3 visa scheme to Irish citizens during a debate in Congress on Wednesday evening. Though the(...)

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