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It is the fourth time Ireland has held one of the 10 rotating seats on the influential UN Security Council.

Ireland will be aim to be “a catalyst for more consensus building” as the State takes a seat on the UN Security Council, Minister for Foreign Affairs (...)

Jeffrey Toobin: banned ‘indefinitely’ from podcasts and airwaves after incident. Photograph: Robert Ascroft

Until Jeffrey Toobin’s fateful appointment with Zoom on October 15th, his quarantine was going better than most people’s. In August his eighth book, T(...)

The penthouse suite in Claridge’s hotel has its own ornamental lake, half an acre of landscaped garden, a rooftop swimming pool and two glass-sided pavilions. Photograph: Andy Shaw/Bloomberg News

Irish businessman Paddy McKillen is planning a major expansion of his Maybourne Hotel Group while putting the final touches to a multimillion pound re(...)

Chuck Yeager poses at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1985, in front of the rocket-powered Bell X-IE plane that he flew when he broke the sound barrier. Photograph: AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac

Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the Second World War fighter pilot ace and test pilot who became the first person to fly faster than sound in 1947, has died a(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2017.  Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

A dissident once branded Enemy No 1 by the Chinese Communist Party is spreading conspiracy theories about vote-rigging in the US presidential election(...)

Micheál Martin set out various ways in which Ireland hopes to build a presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Ireland’s membership of the UN Security Council should help it strengthen relationships in the Asia-Pacific region where it hopes to reach €100 billio(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden: Must be careful not to set moral standards that can only be flunked.  Photograph:  Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is about to stroll through an orchard of low-hanging fruit. Once he is sworn in in January, the next US president will mend relations with E(...)

 Antony J Blinken: the new secretary of state-elect  has been a close ally of Biden’s for two decades. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Antony Blinken – secretary of state Blinken (58) has been a close aide to Joe Biden for two decades. He served as deputy secretary of state and deput(...)

 Van Morrison’s Madame George is the only tribute I know of, literary or musical, to the Dublin-Belfast railway line. Photograph: Terry Thorp

Reduced to vicarious travel, I have spent recent evenings on an epic train journey through my living room, courtesy of re-reading Paul Theroux’s 1975 (...)

A spokesman for the President Michael D Higgins said Machnamh is the president’s biggest initiative this year and into early next year.

President Michael D Higgins is to host a series of seminars to examine the legacy of the War of Independence, Civil War and partition. In the series,(...)

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