Marion McKeone

Marion McKeone

How a US adviser ruffled Irish-America’s feathers

How a US adviser ruffled Irish-America’s feathers

In a new book, Trina Vargo unveils the ‘shenanigans’ behind the US-Ireland relationship as both sides tried to get the peace process off the ground

There’s good reason to worry about the failure of last week’s talks between Trump and Kim Jong-un

There’s good reason to worry about the failure of last week’s talks between Trump and Kim Jong-un

The love affair has cooled. The honeymoon is over. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have had their fi...

Worshipping at the altar of trump

Worshipping at the altar of trump

At the annual gathering for conservative activists in the Gaylord Convention Centre in Maryland last week, the unquestioning adoration of Trump showed no signs of abating, despite the controversies surrounding the US president

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Despite much frenzied tinkering by the Academy, the Oscars is boring, old-fashioned and overlong - and that’s exactly how it’s going to stay

Trump in a tight corner ahead of Hanoi summit

Trump in a tight corner ahead of Hanoi summit

The US president could do with a headline-grabbing breakthrough as he prepares to meet his North Korean opposite number, Kim Jong-un, in Vietnam

Irish stars and Hollywood legends mingle at Oscar season’s hottest ticket

Irish stars and Hollywood legends mingle at Oscar season’s hottest ticket

Over the past 14 years, the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards gathering has become a can’t-miss event in Oscars week, attracting everyone from Steven Spielberg to Elon Musk

Trump’s fake crisis is all to do with ratings

Trump’s fake crisis is all to do with ratings

Using a humanitarian crisis to declare a national emergency is a cynical move that will attract legal opposition. But it is all a gamble for votes in 2020

Retail shock therapy for Amazon’s quiet man

Retail shock therapy for Amazon’s quiet man

The decision by Amazon to pull out of locating part of its HQ in New York is the latest upheaval in the life of its founder Jeff Bezos. Currently mired in a scandal over intimate pictures of himself and his mistress, the mogul claims he’s the victim of score-settling by the National Enquirer

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Have the rich and powerful always behaved so badly? Or does social media shine a spotlight on what has always been unacceptable?

‘It’s like 9/11 every three weeks’

‘It’s like 9/11 every three weeks’

The overall human cost of the US opioid catastrophe is staggering in its scale, writes Marion McKeone

Hooked, line and Sackler

Hooked, line and Sackler

OxyContin was once hailed as a miracle drug for pain relief. But in recent times, it has become synonymous with the opioid epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of people in the US. And now the family of billionaires who created it are under legal scrutiny like never before

The Truths she holds

The Truths she holds

Democrats are hopeful that Kamala Harris is the type of modern candidate who can overturn the Republican juggernaut, but right-wing rivals are making much of her previous relationships, while left-wing critics question her links to powerful institutions and whether she is the right person to represent ordinary people

Breaking open a confessional seal

Breaking open a confessional seal

Visual artist Trina McKillen’s childhood in west Belfast ensured she would have a deep attachment to the Catholic Church. Her own mother’s feeling of betrayal in the face of the child abuse revelations compelled her to explore that darkness, pain and ambiguity in her work. Her new installation Confess is provoking sorrowful and profound reactions in the US, writes Marion McKeone

Nuclear disagreements

Nuclear disagreements

While Donald Trump plays with conjuring up an emergency on the US border with Mexico to divert funds for his wall, seasoned observers believe the nuclear powers of North Korea and Russia present a much more dangerous threat than a few illegal immigrants

As shutdown ends, Trump hits the canvas – but not for long

As shutdown ends, Trump hits the canvas – but not for long

Donald Trump’s abrupt cave-in on the US government shutdown left him licking his wounds, as did the FBI’s arrest of his close associate Roger Stone. But his bullish tendencies are unlikely to be curtailed as a result