A man cries during a vigil for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, at Albert Square in Manchester. Photograph: Jose Sarmento Matos/The New York Times

City stands strong after bombing that killed 22 people following Ariana Grande concert

Flowers are left in St Ann’s Square, Manchester, the day after an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in Manchester. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Over 34,000 in greater Manchester area identified themselves as Irish in 2011 census

People sit in a support centre at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Jon Super/Reuters

Police urge those who need help to come to the stadium

The personal insolvency arrangement agreed by the court means the couple can write off about €242,000 worth of debt, including €165,000 due to KBC

Judge says formal insolvency plan should be ‘once-in-a-lifetime solution’ for all debt

The ruling emerged after a legal battle between KBC Bank Ireland and a Drogheda couple who fell behind on a €285,647 mortgage on their three-bed house. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

High Court judgment may affect banks’ capability to split mortgages and park debt

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council

Former vice-chairman of the NI Policing Board Denis Bradley delivers a speech at the 43th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in which 34 people were killed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

‘Somehow it gets worse ... sometimes it’s just like opening a tap. You can’t stop crying’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath at a commemorative event to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Flanagan says new independent inquiry into worst loss of life of Troubles is ‘imperative’

The Simon Communities survey shows that the housing crisis is affecting single people and couples dependent on State housing benefits worst of all. File photograph: Getty Images

Survey reveals widening gap between social-housing rent limits and rising market

Britain’s Prince Charles shakes hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a visit to the British Ambassador’s residence in Glencairn. Photograph:  Damien Eagers/Reuters

Royal says Glasnevin cemetery was ‘deeply moving’ and ‘most memorable moment’

Prince Charles shakes hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a visit to the British Ambassador’s residence in Glencairn, Co Dublin. Pool photograph: Damien Eagers

The prince paid his condolences to the Sinn Féin leader on the death of Martin McGuinness

Prince Charles lays a wreath to the dead of the 1916 Easter Rising during a visit to Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin Ireland on Friday. Photograph:   Aidan Crawley/EPA

‘This is just to prove I can write,’ royal joked as he signed visitors’ book in Government Buildings

Dr Maurice Hayes said the Garda Inspectorate’s 2015 report “Changing Policing in Ireland” had not yet been acted upon.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former Patten member says Government should act on implementing existing report

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O Sullivan was interviewed by a four-person panel which included Kathleen O’Toole. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kathleen O’Toole from Seattle is now heading up review of An Garda Síochána

 Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily (left)  to ask Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan about concerns raised within the force about the veracity of Garda crime statistics. Photograph: Eric Luke

Policing Authority chair to raise civilian analyst’s letter about crime statistics review

French national Glwadys Cagne from Brittany casting her ballot at the French Embassy in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Expat voters in presidential election had reservations but swung for Macron anyway

Anna Byrne stays at her fathers home in Sallynoggin, Dublin with her two children Zennan, age 4 and Sienna, 2. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In Ireland’s most affluent area new building is rare, entry-level homes are beyond most and ‘social cleansing’ is rife

The  collapsed fourth-floor balcony in downtown Berkeley, California,   on June 16th 2015: Defendants involved in the design and construction of the balcony  agreed to pay   compensation during the discovery phase of the civil litigation in the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

Legal action against owner of apartment block and property’s manager set to continue

The students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments, in Berkeley, California (Top LtoR) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, (Bottom LtoR) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

Substantial payments to be paid to seven survivors and relatives of six deceased

Politicians made 196 representations to the Revenue Commissioners in 2016. File photograph: Joe St Leger

Labour Party’s Michael Dollard raised the most cases for the third year in a row

Carol Morgan, Concern Worldwide’s regional director for the Horn of Africa, spoke of children dying on roads as they travelled to the charity’s emergency feeding centres. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Concern’s regional director warns 20 million people in East Africa are at risk of starvation

Jack Nealons bar on Capel Street, Dublin. Photgraph: Google Street

Planned closure of landmark bar put off as receiver acting for US fund keeps shutters up

The OPW said a safety access team has surveyed slopes affected by the second major rockfall in two years on Skellig Michael. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

OPW ‘cautiously optimistic’ ‘Star Wars’ location will reopen to public on May 14th

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended by almost two to one that abortion without restriction as to reasons be made available in the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs unlikely to liberalise laws to extent proposed by Citizens’ Assembly, say sources

Just over two-thirds said they were more likely than their parents to vote for politicians who want more progressive change in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish youth more liberal, engaged in social issues and less influenced by Catholic Church

 Mrs Justice Mary  Laffoy, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pro-choice camp hails vote to change law as anti-abortion groups slate ‘one-sided’ process

Wreck of the ‘Pere Charles’ trawler, November 8th, 2007. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sea has yet to give up bodies from ‘Pere Charles’ and ‘Carrickatine’

Dan Rooney in Dublin during his time as  US ambassador to Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Businessman says former US ambassador leaves ‘immense image of civility and grace’

President Donald Trump at Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he signed the ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president plans changes to H-1B visa programme for foreign workers

Former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, who died last week,  used his standing as the owner of the Steelers to help Barack Obama win over key blue-collar areas of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia during his 2008 presidential election victory. Photograph: Gene J. Puskar/AP

Owner of Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney remembered as man of the people at service

We may not be back in a credit bubble but the economy seems – to borrow a phrase from Bertie Ahern  – to be getting boomier

The Central Bank’s chief economist says a ‘Phoenix miracle’ is under way in the the economy, but few seem to be feeling the benefi(...)

Kevin Gardiner, the man who coined the phrase “Celtic Tiger”.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Term “Celtic Tiger” may have contributed to the hubris that ultimately slayed the tiger

Dan Rooney used his standing as the owner of the popular Steelers to help Mr Obama win over key blue-collar areas of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia during his 2008 presidential election victory. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Barack Obama’s first ambassador to Ireland was a co-founder of the Ireland Funds

Race tracks, ferries and trains: some people will do anything to get a pint on Good Friday. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

A 90-year law bans alcohol sales but there are exemptions beyond the illegal lock-in

'United Ireland? It’s all guff': Colm Lynagh, Anthony McIntyre, Gerry McGeough and Tommy McKearney Colm Lynagh, Anthony McIntyre, Gerry McGeough and Tommy McKearney

A group of paramilitary veterans say Brexit won’t derail the peace process, violence won’t return, and they’ll never see a united (...)

Bord Bia chief executive Tara McCarthy: reassured that British prime minister Theresa May wants to minimise disruption caused by Brexit, but also concerned about the risks.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Agri businesses near Border fear high tariffs if UK and EU cannot make free trade deal

Nóirín O’Sullivan: Fine Gael Ministers on Monday night expressed support for  the commissioner. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan says he still does not have confidence in commissioner

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: her performance yesterday will do little to reassure a sceptical public. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

O’Sullivan casts herself as solution, not the problem, in getting to bottom of scandal

Deerfield in the Phoenix Park: the late 18th century home has been the US ambassador’s official residence in Ireland since 1927. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Carleton Varney chosen by Brian Burns for renovation of Deerfield in Phoenix Park

Until now, banks had been unable to complete deals with one debtor without their other half signing up too

High Court judgment sets precedent to help resolve personal insolvency for the separated

Former US president Bill Clinton stopped on Nassau Street in Dublin, and purchased a bunch of flowers  supporting the Irish Cancer Society on Daffodil Day.

Former US president met businessman and New York hotelier after McGuinness funeral

Billy Lawless: The diaspora senator said Ireland had “strayed from the inclusive spirit” of the 1916 Proclamation and the Constitution. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Giving citizens abroad a vote in presidential ballots could cost €21m per election

Ministers Frances Fitzgerald and Leo Varadkar at the launch of a campaign for Abhaile in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State-funded Abhaile scheme pays €550,000 to personal insolvency practitioners

Irish diaspora: the overseas electorate could exceed the 1.7 million people who voted in the 2011 presidential election. Illustration: Digital Vision/Getty

The planned referendum on overseas voting rights will raise questions that go to the heart of what it means to be an Irish citizen(...)

Estate agent Michael McArdle outside his office in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh. Photograph: Simon Carswell

People in the south Armagh town of Crossmaglen fear the return to a hard Border

Total US foreign direct investment into Ireland topped €292 billion as of 2014 and any plans by the Trump administration to slow investment overseas would be a concern for Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

St Patrick’s Day meeting with US president a chance for Kenny to set out Ireland Inc’s stall

Melania Trump  will not be there when Enda Kenny presents a bowl of shamrock to Donald Trump next Thursday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US first lady will not attend St Patrick’s Day shamrock ceremony with Donald Trump

Jack Nealon’s pub on Capel Street in Dublin is set to close next month. Image: Google Maps.

Staff at Capel Street venue shocked at move which was ordered by vulture fund owners

Pia Bang Stokes: debts written off in  personal insolvency arrangement. Photograph: Collins

Couple will pay lump sum of €145,000 in arrangement with creditors and keep family home

Handover: President Barack Obama meets President-elect Donald Trump in the White House in November. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Donald Trump’s dystopian vision of the United States bears little resemblance to the country I got to know during four years as ‘I(...)

JP McManus’s US lawyer has said he planned to talk to the Limerick businessman and his Irish solicitors about an appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Judge rejects Limerick businessman’s claim for tax refund on board game winnings

Sean Spicer: “You got to remember that being in this country is a privilege, not a right, but again I think the president has got a big heart.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

US press secretary speaks of Irish heritage and administration’s initial steps

White House press secretary praises State’s ‘competitive’ economic policies

Democrats are eager to block   Donald Trump’s plans to appoint judge  Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court. Photograph:  Stephen Crowley/New York Times

US president faces showdown with Democrats over appointment

US president Donald Trump (right) shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch after announcing the federal judge  as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Photograph: EPA

‘Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline’

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD with US National Security Advisor, Gen Michael Flynn Photograph: Marty Katz

Foreign minister told Trump aide Mike Flynn of ‘damaging consequences’ of order

Brian Burns, the business executive and commercial lawyer who president Donald Trump wants to be his ambassador to Ireland, in his office in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Brian Burns says people in Ireland are going to be delighted by the new US president

US president Donald Trump: the Government appears to have no sway over decisions made in US immigration pre-clearance at Irish airports. Photograph: Ron Sachs

Cabinet told it has no legal power over US immigration decisions despite promised review

White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “For the attorney general to turn around and say I am not going to uphold this lawful executive order is clearly a dereliction of duty and she should have been removed and she was,” he said on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Trump aide defends claim that sacked official ‘betrayed’ department on immigration ban

Acting attorney general Sally Yates has been fired by US President Donald Trump after she ordered Justice Department attorneys not to defend his controversial immigration orders. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

White House accuses legal adviser of betrayal for questioning legality of immigration order

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan begins three-day visit to the United State today.

Minister for Foreign Affairs three-day visit begins today

Demonstrators remain outside the US supreme court over president Donald Trump’s  anti-immigration executive orders in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama criticises his successor as Donald Trump defends Muslim travel ban

Fiona McEntee (right) at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. “We don’t even know what is happening with them [refugees with no family in US]. I am going to head to O’Hare again because I just want to get an idea of what is going on.”

‘It was just horrendous, the lack of compassion and communication. It was just inhumane’

People praying in a baggage hall at Fort Worth airport in Dallas, Texas, in protest at the travel ban imposed by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Reuters/Laura Buckman

US president defends measure despite court rulings, protests and international criticism

A protest at the arrivals hall of San Francisco’s SFO International Airport after people arriving from Muslim-majority countries were held at the border control as a result of the new executive order. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

Opposition grows to US ban on nationals from predominantly Muslim countries

Fáilte! Tommy Tubridy and Brendan Walsh fly the flag for Donald Trump near the president’s golf course in Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

For Ireland, a country the US president says he ‘loves’, it pays to exploit the relationship

US president Donald Trump on Air Force One. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

Mexico, immigrants, Obamacare, the environment, ‘alternative facts’, voting, abortion: it’s been a fight a day for the new US pres(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May listens to US president Donald Trump during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington DC. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president says he does not agree with defence secretary about uses of waterboarding

Meet the people running Trump’s America

Donald Trump's team taking shape is the richest in US history, but has little political experience

British  prime minister Theresa May speaks at a Republican retreat  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: she urged  Donald Trump to “engage but beware” of Russian president Vladimir Putin.  Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

British PM urges Americans not to go it alone in world ahead of meeting with Trump

US president Donald Trump with vice president Mike Pence  and  speaker of the house Paul Ryan at a  Republican retreat   in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  Bill Clark-Pool/Getty Images

Summit with Mexican leader off as Trump slams disrespectful refusal to pay for barrier

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said ‘Mexico does not believe in walls’. Photograph: Mario Guzmán/EPA

Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump engage in war of words on Twitter on issue

US President Donald Trump speaks to the staff at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US president considers reinstating waterboarding as an interrogation method

View of the border line between Mexico and the US in Tijuana, northwestern Mexico. Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty

US president has moved at breakneck speed with orders to fulfil his big campaign pledges

US president Donald Trump  signs an executive action that will order the construction of a Mexican border wall,  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president issues invite to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to White House for St Patrick’s Day

US president Donald Trump has said he is ordering a ‘major investigation’ into alleged  voter fraud. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

US president repeats allegation that millions of ‘illegal’ voters cost him the popular vote

  White House press secretary Sean Spicer holds the Trump administration’s  first daily press briefing  at the White House. Photograph:   Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Sean Spicer adopts a softer tone with reporters at his first official press briefing

At a White House meeting with business leaders, President Donald Trump renewed his threat to take retaliatory action against American businesses that close US factories in favour of foreign plants.

US president threatens ‘very major border tax’ on US companies relocating overseas

Reince Priebus and wife Sally Priebus arrive for Trump’s inauguration:  “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Aide vows to ‘fight back’ against alleged attempts to delegitimise US president

Senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said White House press secretary Sean Spicer was offering “alternative facts” in relation to the size of the crowd at Friday’s inauguration. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Analysis: US president brings his ‘running war’ with media and truth to White House

Andrea Beaty (55), her daughter and her two sisters, who travelled from North Carolina and California, were dressed in the purple and white of early 20th century Suffragettes to protest.

Millions protest in Washington and around the world vowing to resist new US president

Crowds on the National Mall in Washington DC just before Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017 (left) and Barack Obama’s in 2009. Photograph: Reuters

Inauguration watched by 30.6 million TV viewers in the US, seven million fewer than Obama’s first ceremony

 Donald Trump raises his fist after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on the West front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Property tycoon’s inauguration speech strikes unashamedly nationalistic tone

The President Trump who delivered the inaugural address on the steps of the US Capitol was no different to the tough-talking candidate who descended that gold escalator in Trump Tower when he announced his candidacy. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Hope of more conciliatory tone vanishes with unashamedly nationalistic and mean-spirited speech

Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer, who said Trump “is committed to not just day one, but day two, day three, of enacting an agenda of real change.” Photograph: Sam Hodgson/New York Times

New president intends to sign a raft of executive orders undoing Obama policies

Barack Obama waves as he leaves the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, January 20th, before the start of presidential inaugural festivities for the incoming 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

New US president could take wrecking ball to the first black president’s accomplishments

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as Melania Trump looks pn. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

US leader vows to eradicate eradicate radical Islamic terrorism ‘completely from the face of the Earth’

US President-elect Donald Trump gestures during a welcome celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Washington in heightened state of alert as pro and anti supporters descend on capital

US president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph:  Dominick Reuter/Getty Images

With billions at stake, algorithms and apps have been developed to respond to Donald Trump’s Twitter trigger finger

President-elect of the United States, Donald J Trump, and his wife Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Andrews the day before his swearing in. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come to the National Mall to witness Mr Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Getty Images

Security tight in Washington as billionaire to be sworn in as 45th US president

Outgoing US president Barack Obama has held his final press conference. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Outgoing US president calls on journalists to ‘push those in power to be their best selves’

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross answers questions in the US Senate. Mr Ross is Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Wilbur Ross, Trump’s commerce secretary pick, tells US Senate he is ‘pro-sensible trade’

US President-elect Donald Trump will be the most unpopular of at least the last seven new presidents, according to a poll. Photograph: Dominick Reuters/AFP/Getty Images

US president-elect shows no sign of changing his abrasive ways as he prepares for office

 President Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations that Russia had compromising information on US president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph:  Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian leader defends incoming US president, calling allegations ‘complete nonsense’

US president Barack Obama answers questions during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. File photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US president-elect is considering sending the White House press corps into exile

Demonstrators  at a rally in support of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act in Denver, Colorado,  on Sunday. Photograph: Chris Schneider/AFP/Getty Images

Republicans face challenge of replacing plan without leaving 20m Americans stranded

Stand-ins for US president-elect Donald Trump  and Melania Trump in a dress rehearsal for the presidential inauguration on January 20th. Photograph:  Michael Reynolds/Epa

Brennan says president-elect’s spontaneous tweets do not protect US national security

Donald Trump will effectively take his first weekend as president off. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

His priority is reversing key Obama policies, but that could be trickier than he thinks

Donald Trump: “It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen and it was gotten by opponents of ours.” Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

President-elect condemns leaking of unsubstantiated sexual allegations about him

US president-elect Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Trump won the presidential election with the most unconventional campaign ever

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