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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(...)

 US president Donald Trump  argues about border security with senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (right) and incoming House majority leader Nancy Pelosi as vice-president Mike Pence looks on in the Oval Office in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to shut down the federal government if he does not secure funding for the Mexican border wall in an (...)

Nancy Pelosi is hoping to repeat history by becoming the only female speaker of the US House of Representatives for the second time.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Nancy Pelosi was endorsed by her own party to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives in a private vote yesterday, a move that deliver(...)

Immigration reform campaigners say they are “cautiously optimistic” about securing a new visa deal between Ireland and the US. Photograph: iStock

America is full of people of Irish descent. Why is it so hard to move there? Indeed. More than 35 million Americans claim Irish heritage, but since t(...)

John Deasy, the Government’s special envoy to the US,  is confident that the proposal has bipartisan support

News of a possible visa deal allowing Irish citizens to live and work in the United States will be welcomed by immigration campaigners on both sides o(...)

Voters wait to get a ballot at a polling station during the mid-term elections at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro, Virginia. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Results were beginning to come in on Tuesday night after the US voted at the end of a divisive campaign to decide whether Donald Trump’s Republican Pa(...)

US president Donald Trump on his way to a rally in Florida on Wednesday. “We’re going to be prepared – they’re not coming into our country,” he said of migrants heading towards the US. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has pledged to send up to 15,000 troops to the US border as he ramped up his anti-immigration rhetoric ahead of next week’s (...)

US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Pittsburgh after the shooting at the city’s Tree of Life synagogue. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump has threatened to revoke citizenship rights for some children born in America, in his latest attempt to focus political deba(...)

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