There is increasing evidence that the 9/11 attacks have created a long-term change in American attitudes that cuts across all political, social and economic strata.
A victory for Barack Obama in the US presidential election would be likely to signal a return to Clinton-era personnel in charge of the Irish issue.
Supporters of Hillary Clinton are busy preparing their ‘‘I told you so’’ scripts after an extraordinary week in the presidential race.
The departure from the White House of George Bush’s closest advisor, Karl Rove, means Irish-American Ed Gillespie will become the key figure in Bush’s administration.
The US Senate’s agreement on a new immigration bill could clear the way for a new wave of Irish emigration to the US.