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Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s response to the pressure to cancel the St Patrick’s Day event in the White House was swift and decisive. Photograph: Alan Betson

US president Donald Trump’s immigration ban may have created a headache for Enda Kenny but it also rescued the Taoiseach from an embarrassing politica(...)

Family adventure holidays The big trend for family holidays in 2017 is adventure and activity-based breaks, including camping, cycling and theme-p(...)

  Browne at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Thirty years ago, the autobiography of a complex and controversial Irish politician was published – to acclaim in some quarters and horror in others. (...)

A Cuban man gives another a haircut outside a Caritas centre housing migrants in Panama City. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In another country he’d be a pensioner, but grey-haired José is dreaming of a new life. Small and rotund, with baggy trousers and a stained shirt, he(...)

A militry convoy transports the remains of former Cuban president Fidel Castro from Revolution Plaza to the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia where he will be buried. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Fidel Castro’s ashes were laid to rest on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell to the late (...)

 Cuban president Raul Castro (second right) stands with Brazil’s former presidents Dilma Rousseff (left) and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (second left) and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro  during a memorial tribute for his brother Fidel in Santiago de Cuba. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Cuban president Raul Castro has led tens of thousands of citizens in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro, who died las(...)

Cubans wave flags along the Malecon, Havana’s seafront esplanade, as the ashes of Fidel Castro were borne through the country to Santiago, November 30th, 2016. Photograph: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

DEATH PLAN By Randy Archibold Every Mexico correspondent in recent years, myself included, inherited and worked on the Fidel Castro “Death Plan”(...)

Fidel Castro  in Shannon during a stopover in 1982. Castro  left a box of  Cohiba cigars for then-taoiseach Charles Haughey.

Who smoked the Cuban cigars Fidel Castro gifted to Charles Haughey? After Castro stopped off at Shannon Airport in November 1982 on the way back from (...)

Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a visit to a farm outside Havana in 1964. Photograph: Jack Manning/The New York Times
Obituary: Fidel Castro
  • People
  • December 2, 2016, 13:36

Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly(...)

People stand in front of a billboard to Cuba’s late president Fidel Castro in Santa Clara, Cuba. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

As a left-wing student in rebel Cork in the early 1970s I was an enthusiastic Fidelista. It was de rigueur to have that iconic poster of Che in one’s(...)

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