Marion McKeone

Marion McKeone

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

Innocence and experience

Innocence and experience

Nancy Pelosi has fought her corner for 30 years on Capitol Hill. But her current spat with Trump is small beans compared to the challenge represented by the audacious young Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Techies dance to a different tune

Techies dance to a different tune

Whether it’s Austin in Texas or Queens in New York, tech companies are following the talent east across the US, and that can mean disrupting traditional communities

Trump and Pelosi not ideal duo for negotiating

Trump and Pelosi not ideal duo for negotiating

With federal workers marching in the streets of Washington DC and Congressional Republicans becoming increasingly skittish, one way or another the government shutdown will end soon, certainly before Trump’s State of the Union address on January 29

Off Message

Off Message

Golden Globes contender Vice serves as a reminder that for all his bluster, little of what Donald Trump has done so far as US president matches the sheer carnage of the Bush-Cheney years

Could Trump miss out on a second term?

Could Trump miss out on a second term?

Many see it as a fantasy, but the possibility that the US president may not be on the ballot for 2020 is an increasingly live one

Could 2019 sink Trump?

Could 2019 sink Trump?

As the new year arrives, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are riding towards Donald Trump’s administration

Fear and loathing in DC as Mad Dog leaves the building

Fear and loathing in DC as Mad Dog leaves the building

The departure of defense secretary James Mattis from Donald Trump’s administration raises the spectre of an out-of-control president wreaking havoc with his increasingly erratic foreign policy

Trump’s inauguration and the missing millions

Trump’s inauguration and the missing millions

Unlike previous presidential candidates, Donald Trump accepted unlimited donations from corporations and individuals for his inauguration. The question now is, where did that money go?

Mueller vs Trump: the legal battle continues

Mueller vs Trump: the legal battle continues

Speculation mounted last week that Donald Trump, or a member of his family, was the mystery witness resisting a subpoena from Robert Mueller, writes Marion McKeone

Tony O’Reilly’s battle with former nurse heating up

Tony O’Reilly’s battle with former nurse heating up

Alleged promise of $23 million at the centre of the dispute

A triple whammy for Trump as Mueller closes in

A triple whammy for Trump as Mueller closes in

With investigators concluding that Donald Trump made payments to hush up a sex scandal during the 2016 election, it looks set to be a black Christmas for the US president

A community hit twice as fires engulf California

A community hit twice as fires engulf California

As the residents of Thousand Oaks in California struggled to come to terms with the latest US mass shooting, events were soon to be overtaken by new disaster, as a nearby wildfire ran quickly out of control claiming more lives