Today's Irish news roundup:

Two Republican senators fail to strip Irish provision from immigration bill

Two Republican senators made a major effort to strip 10,500 visas for Irish from the 2013 immigration bill at the Senate Judiciary hearings on Tuesday...READ MORE


Chilling testimony before congressional hearing on Pat Finucane death

Niall O'Dowd in Washington D.C:

You could hear a pin drop in Foreign Affairs Committee Room 2172 in the Rayburn building in Washington on Wednesday...READ MORE


Cardinal O’Malley’s grave mistake in boycotting Enda Kenny’s Boston College speech

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has made a grave error condemning Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny on abortion and boycotting his commencement speech at Boston College next Monday...READ MORE


Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival to include gay and lesbian weekend for first time

For the first time ever, Ireland’s oldest and world-famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival will include a weekend dedicated to matchmaking for gays and lesbians. Dubbed ‘The Outing,’ the weekend will feature matchmaking events, concerts and more all hosted by drag-queen Panti...READ MORE


Detective reveals how he tried to save John F Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald

Fifty years after President Kennedy’s shocking assassination, Detective Jim Leavelle has been honored by Dallas Police Chief David Brown by receiving the police commendation award for his years of service on Dallas' police force...READ MORE


Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa