This budget cuts Medicaid by more than $1 trillion over 10 years – which would throw some 15 million Americans off of the health insurance they currently have. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

After failing to pass a “healthcare” Bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a Bill that was more unpopular th(...)

Irish connection: Denis O’Sullivan, in whose memory the Feis Ceoil awards a medal each year

In September 1898, the Skibbereen Eagle newspaper ran a famous editorial that declared: “We will still keep our eye on the Emperor of Russia and on al(...)

Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International prize:  Israeli author Amos Oz. Photograph: Dan Porges/Getty Images

Four possible Nobel literature laureates, Israelis Amos Oz and David Grossman, Albanian Ismail Kadare and Yan Lianke, who is a banned writer in his na(...)

An illustration from the 1821 confession of Captain Lightfoot, purporting to show Michael Martin, which was published by Brattleboro and JB Miner.

There’s no plaque to mark the spot. But somewhere along the banks of the Charles river in Cambridge, Massachusetts, close to where Boston’s Museum of(...)

Matilda Balfe (5) from Dublin, enjoys the Winterval Festival in Waterford. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

New Year cheer Head to Dublin for New Year celebrations that last for three days and include ‘Luminosity’, a spectacular 3D light projection with opt(...)

Spectacular natural beauty: Finland, celebrating 100 years of independence

News Indie Finland Finland celebrates 100 years of independence this winter with a whole host of experiences and packages. Visit the natural hot sp(...)

Minister Leo Varadkar TD with Fine Gael Dublin Bay South candidate Kate O’Connell. while preparations are made for Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, at CHQ, while the party announced their plans to abolish the USC by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The one thing that every finance expert agrees upon is that the tax system desperately needs to be simplified. That’s true for Ireland and just about (...)

Alan Rickman.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed(...)

I set out from the Nire Valley carpark in the watery light of a winter morning.

I like the Comeraghs. The southeast’s most expansive uplands may not possess the signature peaks of the adjacent Galtees and Knockmealdowns, but they(...)

Meet Dell Glover. For many years, Glover worked in the Polygram CD manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain outside Shelby in North Carolina. When he wa(...)