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26/03/2013  FEATURES TUI  Gerard Craughwell President of the Teachers Union of Ireland . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

FRIDAY It’s 5.30am and I leave Castlebar for Dublin as the rain buckets down. Floods are shutting(...)

The Government position on Croke Park II as set out by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin is that all unions will ballot their members individually. Photograph: David Sleator

Trade unions opposed to the new Croke Park agreement are planning a campaign to put pressure on Labour Party TDs to vote against legislation im(...)

Noam Chomsky. “The oil dictatorships, the countries that the West really cares about for obvious reasons, their uprisings have been suppressed very harshly and very successfully, with western support.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty

For a man of 84 who has described himself with approval as “a boring speaker”, Noam Chomsky meets a daunting schedule of public appearances, sp(...)

House speaker John Boehner holds a news conference in Washington. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner today condemned a reference to migrant workers made by fellow Republican representative Don Yo(...)

Edith Windsor (centre) is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, yesterday. The court heard oral arguments in the case “Edith Schlain Windsor” challenging the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act, the second case about same-sex marriage this week. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The US Supreme Court appeared to be in favour of repealing a 1996 federal law that denies legally married gay couples the same(...)

Demonstrators with opposing views rally  in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington for a second day running as it convenes to tackle the issue of gay marriage and hears arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

US Supreme Court justices have indicated interest in striking down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. (...)

Dancers line out in an array of dress styles at An Comhbhail World Irish Dance Championships at City West Hotel yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was grey and bitterly cold outside the Citywest conference centre in Dublin, but the riot of colour inside offered an uplifting contrast. (...)

 From left: Senators  John McCain, Chuck Schumer  and Marco Rubio are among a group of eight  working to devise an overhaul of immigration law.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

Within an hour of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Barack Obama finishing their rack of lamb and sticky toffee pudding at the St Patrick’s Da(...)

Opponents of a bill to legalise gay marriage in Minnesota gathered in the State Capitol, Rotunda, to voice their opposition. Photograph: AP/Jim Mone

As the US Supreme Court prepares to decide whether the federal government may deny benefits to same-sex married couples that it allows their he(...)

Senate majority leader Harry Reid speaks to the press after the weekly Senate Democrats policy luncheon yesterday in  Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty

An assault weapons ban sought by US president Barack Obama ran into serious trouble last night when Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged there w(...)

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