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A Spanish-born Eurosceptic and Brexit champion, Michael Portillo is not  looking for the true history and legacy of the locomotive America but a more elusive ideal of England, one that has gone firmly off the rails.

All political careers end in failure, we know, but at least one is bound for Gettysburg. At least, that’s the destination of Michael Portillo’s Grea(...)

Michael Collins arrives at his final destination, Ireland Park in Toronto.

The Irish Diaspora Run saw Michael Collins run almost 900km between June 10th and July 10th, from Grosse Île to Toronto, tracing the steps taken by th(...)

From left to right: Congressman Brendan Boyle; chief operating officer for the Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon;  Congressman Mick Mulvaney; House of Representatives chaplain Fr Patrick Conroy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

There were no jokes about whether the new Irish oak would lean left or right when liberal Democrat congressman Brendan Boyle and his conservative Repu(...)

A US Library of Congress image of Harriet Tubman, shown between 1860 and 1875.

Move over, Andrew Jackson. Abolitionist and women’s rights crusader Harriet Tubman will replace the former US president on the front of the new $20 bi(...)

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman. File photograph: Library of Congress via Reuters

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman will become the first black American to be featured on the face of US paper currency when she replaces former pre(...)

The US treasury department, with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), expects to unveil the new US$10 note in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in more than a century, US paper currency will feature the face of a woman. Treasury secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday a newly r(...)

Flour power: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with presenter Alan Hughes and baker Catherine Leyden on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’. Photgraph: Brian McEvoy
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Image of the week: Breakfast with Enda It was off to Ballymount this week for Enda Kenny, who dropped into TV3’s Ireland AM for the first time (...)

The flag that inspired the US national anthem ‘Star-Spangled Banner’, in the Smithsonian museum in Washington. Years ago parts of the flag were snipped off and handed out as mementos. The Smithsonian has reacquired some of them and added them to its collection. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

As England seeks to quell rebellious feelings within the Union ahead of next week’s referendum on Scottish independence, Americans this weekend cel(...)

An individual’s experience of time can be very subjective

Another year gone: did 2013 go fast or slow for you? Or was it just the same as all the others?An individual’s experience of time can be very subjecti(...)

Former prime minister Golda Meir: not aware of any Palestinians. Photograph: AP

The website of the Israeli tourism ministry tells us that: “Various peoples have lived in the Negev since the dawn of history: nomads, Canaanites, Phi(...)

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