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Senator Billy Lawless, who was appointed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to represent the Irish diaspora in the Oireachtas, said a lot of  work  needs to be done to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented Irish residents in the US. .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Ireland’s first emigrant Senator has described a ruling by the US Supreme Court blocking plans to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from dep(...)

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room   on the Supreme Court decision on immigration. Phtograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The US Supreme Court delivered a fatal blow to US president Barack Obama’s stalled plan to shield from deportation more than four million “undocumente(...)

US president Barack Obama accepts a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

My history professor called them gobbets. They were short excerpts from momentous political speeches or texts to dissect: a what-they-said/ what-they-(...)

US president Barack Obama has gone out of his way to pick a nominee whose centrism makes him difficult for Republicans to oppose. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

A new front in the battle for the White House and control of the US Congress opened up this week with Barack Obama’s nomination on Wednesday of 63-yea(...)

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland stands with US president Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama has nominated a US appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the supreme court, hoping to fill a swing seat on the court with a mo(...)

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval was among the possible candidates President Barack Obama was considering appointing to the US Supreme Court, before ruling himself out. Photograph: Steve Keegan/Reuters

Democrats have called on Republicans to do their job and hold hearings to consider US president Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to replace the l(...)

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz receives an endorsement from “Duck Dynasty” TV show star Phil Robertson at a rally at the College of Charleston in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph: EPA

Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz bounds onto the stage after being introduced by reality TV star “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson as the God-(...)

Antonin Scalia, the curmudgeonly conservative US Supreme Court justice who died last week, will be remembered for his “originalist” jurisprudence but (...)

The late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Photograph: The Irish Times

When biblical literalists champion the original text of the Bible as the only true source of meaning, their purpose above all is to give an unchanging(...)

US president Barack Obama following a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations  in California on Tuesday. “It’s not hosting a talk show, or a reality show. It’s not promotion. It’s not marketing,” he said of the presidency. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has said that he doesn’t believe businessman Donald Trump will be president and scolded him and other Republicans for promis(...)

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