Tánaiste Simon Coveney (centre) with members of the Friends of Ireland caucus inside the Ways and Means committee room in the US Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Left, Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and, right, committee chairman Richard Neal. Photograph: Marty Katz

Within the wood-panelled walls of the Ways and Means committee room, on the second floor of the United States Capitol building, sits a sculpture of Wi(...)

Only Andrea Riseborough – playing Thatcher long before she was famous – has managed to make a personality of the character

Nobody has moral qualms about Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher. Fans of stuff are stupid, but they are rarely that stupid. At least two arti(...)

The Big Three: Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, 1945. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt By David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov Yale University Press, 680p(...)

US president Donald Trump  with British prime minister Theresa May  at Chequers,  Buckinghamshire, in July 2018. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

As British chancellor Phillip Hammond put a brave face on Brexit during talks with senior political and business figures this week at Davos, across th(...)

Gillian Anderson: said to be taking on the role of Margaret Thtacher. Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images)

Gillian Anderson is to follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Patricia Hodge and Jennifer Saunders by taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher, accor(...)

 Síofra Caherty, Fiona O’Doherty Mindy O’Brien, Flossie Donelly, Una Hand, Padraic Fogarty, and Kate Ruddock. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The grassroots uprising is underway and people of all ages are calling for great urgency on climate action. A lack of political action in Ireland has (...)

What the ardent Leavers  say about a no-deal Brexit is not that they are really convinced it is a good thing, but that the English will endure the suffering and get through it because that is what they have always done. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Today is supposed to be historic, one of the most epic moments in the long life of the Westminster parliament. So why does it not feel like that? The (...)

US first lady Melania Trump and US president Donald Trump look on as  German chancellor Angela Merkel talks to French president Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018. Photograph:  François Mori

This was the image that the world would remember, President Emmanuel Macron said: 84 heads of state and government and international organisations mar(...)

US president Donald  Trump arrives at the Elysee Palace amid rain to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron  in Paris, France. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

President Donald Trump could not attend a commemoration in France for US soldiers and marines killed during the first World War on Saturday because ra(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron   at a ceremony marking the centenary of the end of the first World War at  the Douaumont Ossuary cemetery  near Verdun. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AP

The forest of Compiègne opens onto a desolate glade, blanketed by fog on a recent autumn morning. Workers were draining the soaked earth and covering (...)

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