Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister of State for International Development  Ciarán Cannon at the publication of Irish Aid’s 2016 report. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister will look at helping charity with funding to plan long-term programmes

Ibrahim Halawa pictured moments after his acquittal by a court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Minister says letter from Egypt’s prosecutor directing Dubliner’s release yet to be acted on

Rev Al Sharpton with  the James Joyce Award at the L&H in  UCD. Photograph: Tom Honan.

US civil rights leader tells UCD students race relations in ‘as much peril’ as during 1960s

Donald Trump listens as  Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate  in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Review: This well-written account is a catharsis for wounded Hillary Clinton

Working conditions: The majority of Ryanair’s pilots are on contracts, meaning that they have to pay their own social insurance. Illustration: Getty

Pilots claim they just want decent working conditions and normal contracts

John Nolan, the pensioner who died after being found on fire on a London street. Photograph: Irish Post

Police investigate daytime blaze on street that left Mayo man John Nolan with fatal burns

Jimmy Mcgee: he was a walking pre-internet search engine filled with information gleaned from covering 11 Olympic games and 12 World Cups. Photograph: PA Wire

Ex-colleagues recall the talent of ‘Memory Man’ to find the right words over and over

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at a press conference at their HQ in Swords. Photograph: Collins Dublin.

Company tries to close gap in rosters that has caused cancellations for 400,000 travellers

A photograph of Shane “Jack” Watson outside Leinster House, before details of his past became public. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The homeless man’s criminal past in Australia has changed the story around his death

A wreck of a market - a post-crash ghost estate

Almost 15,000 homes were built last year, we need 50,000 – the housing crisis in a nutshell

Vigil for Jack Watson held last week outside the Dáil before his criminal past was revealed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Shane Watson deported in 2015 because he posed a significant risk to Australian public

Protesters rally in Washington DC  before marching to the Department of Justice to demonstrate against the Trump administration’s decision to end the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

‘It is back to being nerve-wracking again,’ says Cork father of Irish ‘Dreamer’

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer: ‘I’m one of the most popular guys in Ireland.’ Photograph: AP

Trump’s former press secretary says he is mulling paid appearances on Irish TV shows

“Jack” Watson: well known in the homeless community and to housing activists who occupied the vacant Apollo House office block on Tara Street last Christmas. Photograph: Geza Oravecz

‘Jack’ Watson fell through the cracks and chose living rough over ‘desperate’ hostels

Rosemary Horan

Daily, weekly and former long-term commuters share more stories of life on the road

Chris Carpenter: cycles up to 400km a week, to and from work.

Chris Carpenter cycles 16,000km a year on his daily cycle to and from work

“I get up at 5am, and leave the house at 5.10am. I drive to Whitehall, and park there. I then jog about eight miles into work.” Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Three more commuters share their stories of spending hours travelling for work each day

Former special US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Gary Hart: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former envoy says ending role fits Trump’s pattern of international disengagement

Almost three million people across the State travel for school or college. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Census 2016 shows more parents with young children spending longer times travelling

“Every morning, without fail, I meet the same lunatic drivers coming from the opposite direction on their way to work in Dundalk. You wouldn’t believe how close I come to an accident on a daily basis.” Photograph: Thinkstock

A student nurse on placement leaves home every day at 5.30am and returns at 9.45pm

Almost eight in 10 landlords in rent pressure zones wrongly imposed rent increases on tenants, according to the State authority that handles landlord-tenant disputes. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Tenancies board finds a large number of invalid rent increases following reforms

Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Three commuters share tales of travelling hours every day to get to and from work

Rory Deverell, a commuter who travels from near Tullamore to Dublin every day on the train.

Two people who spend three hours a day travelling for work describe life on the road

More and more people are being forced to travel far distances for work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More and more people are being forced to move further away from where they work

Tenants can complain to the Residential Tenancies Board about landlords who increase rents by greater than the 4%  limit in rent-pressure zones

Public list of rents on properties suggested as way to help tenants contest big rent increases

Limerick-to-Dublin rail commuter John Maguire, from Monaleen, Limerick,  in Limerick Junction, where he catches the 6.45am train to Dublin. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

Work travellers share their stories (including the surprising things people get up to on trains) and the highs and lows of the int(...)

Contacts from companies were “a relatively recent phenomenon”, said Threshold. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Charity says contacts from firms on rise as junior staff struggle to find or retain homes

Paula Nevado: “We don’t want to spend half our salary on rent”

Tenants share stories of overcrowding and huge rent hikes as the housing crisis deepens

Prospective tenants queue at a house viewing. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tenants face lost job offers, emigration and homelessness as rents soar and supply withers

Figure of 50,00 has been stated by the Government and Irish-American immigration campaigners “without a shred of evidence to support it”

Migration institute in US says number of undocumented Irish is fewer than 16,000

Shopkeeper Joan Walsh standing in the abandoned housing estate in Boherbue, Co Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A decade after the crash, hundreds remain home to rats, brambles and despairing residents

Molly Martens Corbett has been convicted of the second-degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett.

Jason Corbett’s sister claims ‘real Limerick man’ had concerns about his wife

Publisher Niall O’Dowd: said Government envoy John Deasy’s numbers for the undocumented Irish in the US were incorrect. Photograph: Eric Luke

But Irish-American Niall O’Dowd rejects new estimate from envoy John Deasy as ‘wrong’

The public service pay agreement would  cost €880m over three years, and would  reverse most pay cuts imposed after the economic crash

Backing of Siptu members would put support for deal close to overall majority

Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Collins Courts

Gayle Killilea and Sean Dunne jnr ask US bankruptcy court for discovery of documents

Seán Dunne.  The property developer  has been found in contempt by a US court. Photograph: Steve Miller

US judge rules against developer after he disobeyed subpoena

Donald Trump has backed a plan to reduce legal immigration to the US. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president backs plan to curb legal immigration through a new skills-based system

Seán Dunne: pursued by creditors owed about €700m, the Carlow developer filed for bankruptcy in the US in 2013 and was made bankrupt in Dublin later that year. Photograph:  Steve Miller

Bankrupt developer’s emails from two Gmail accounts sought in long-running US case

Dublin Fire Brigade on Pearse Street: No structures similar to Grenfell Tower were found during a review and the cladding and insulation used in the west London building have not been identified as a significant risk in Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin buildings over six storeys being assessed in wake of Grenfell Tower fire

Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily (left), with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan  last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Watchdog expresses its ‘impatience’ over review of fake breath tests scandal

Kallum Barrett (11), who suffers from Ehlers Danlos syndrome, which is a connective tissue disorder. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For elderly, homes with sick children and businesses, outage takes heavy toll

The new section of   pipe which has been fitted to repair a burst pipeline which  left    thousands of people in the north east   without a normal water supply. Photograph: Irish Water

Irish Water expects full normal water service to return over the weekend

A mother and her children who have been without water for several days fill up containers at Drogheda Leisure Centre. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

After five days without water, Louth and Meath residents and businesses are angry

Up to 50,000 people in the Drogheda area and east Meath have been without water since the main supply pipeline burst on Thursday evening. Local politicians say as many as 200,000 people are affected.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister apologises for water shortages in Louth and Meath but defends response

Residents at Termon Abbey in Drogheda queue for water supplied by the local council. Thousands of homes and businesses in Louth and Meath  remain without water five days after a  water mains burst. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Company will consider reopening Rosehall should burst pipe not be repaired as planned by the weekend

Olympic Council of Ireland president Sarah Keane advises charities not to run away from controversy when a scandal hits and to be as upfront as possible. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Conference hears importance of ‘not burying head in sand’ if scandal hits a charity

Olympic Council of Ireland president Sarah Keane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Organisation’s ex-boss detained in Rio last year in state of undress with media present

Caitriona Perry was asked to “come here” by the US president during the press event   during Mr Trump’s phone call to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

RTÉ Washington Correspondent told to ‘come here’ by Donald Trump

Sheila Pratschke, chair of the Arts Council.

Committee welcomes decision to leave €2.7m stipend system unchanged

Catherine Day, secretary general European Commission, told a media seminar in Dublin that the British were not yet ready to negotiate the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Top Brussels aide says UK media will ‘change mood music’ and make talks more difficult

Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, disagrees ‘vehemently’ with Donald Trump’s opposition to international trade deals. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

On Irish visit, Terry McAuliffe says US must be smart like Ireland to retain corporate cash

Catherine Martin has expressed concerns about the number of people left “in a living nightmare” after purchasing homes that were poorly constructed during the property boom.

Dublin’s chief fire officer calls legislation covering overcrowding ‘poor’ and ‘difficult’

The Arts Council’s plans to change the payment of the cnuas grant, a €17,180 annual stipend paid to 145 of its 246 members, has resulted in a split at Aosdána. Photograph: Istock

Artist critical in resignation letter for not being able to put forward ‘minority’ views

Chief fire officer: “Our buildings are much lower in height than anything you would have in the UK, so the risks are much lower anyway, but this is an opportunity to find out,”  Patrick Fleming said

‘Very small’ number may use similar cladding. Second expert ‘wouldn’t buy’ Irish flat

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Prince Albert II of Monaco at the 32nd annual conference gala dinner of the Ireland Funds at Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry. Photograph: Mark Stedman/PA

Taoiseach and Prince Albert of Monaco speak at philanthropic organisation conference

John Cunningham, a prominent figure in the Irish community in Boston

Democrat Brendan Boyle to seek further information from officials on Boston arrest

John Cunningham (38), who had been living illegally in the US since 1999, was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at his home in Boston and is awaiting deportation.

Electrician facing deportation was subject of two court actions over customer complaints

President Michael D. Higgins receives a flute from Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation, at  Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwells

Head of US tribe meets President Higgins 170 years after donation to Irish famine victims

John Cunningham (38), who has been undocumented in the US since 1999, was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at a private residence in Boston on Friday

Department says number of deported Irish has not risen under Trump administration

John Cunningham: his arrest comes amid a wide-ranging crackdown on undocumented immigrants by US president Donald Trump’s administration.

Impending deportation of former local GAA chairman causes anxiety

US president Donald Trump resigned as director of the Doonbeg golf course and hotel in Co Clare. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

US president values Co Clare ‘small potatoes’ golf destination at $5m -$25m in latest filing

Maire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D Higgins this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil asks whether three judges who expressed interest were interviewed

Catherine Day (centre), special adviser to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, with Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley and Fianna Fáil councillor Kate Feeney at a meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, at the European Foundation in Loughlinstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Catherine Day says union waiting to see where Britain is willing to compromise

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and his predecessor, Nick Clegg. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

One-time deputy PM Nick Clegg is the biggest casualty of the general election

The Liberal Democrats’ gains in London and Scotland were tempered by notable losses, including former leader Nick Clegg. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Tory share of vote rises but senior figures among casualties of tactical error

Labour supporters Dr Martin Edobor and Kapil Komireddi celebrate the British election outcome at The Lexington pub near Islington North, the constituency of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Labour supporters hail a generational shift in politics as Tories lament devastating loss

Tara and Ian Davis from Birmingham reflect the generational divide splitting Conservative and Labour voters. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Tories set to profit from Ukip collapse in Birmingham where May and Corbyn polarise public

Dave Touson and Priya Dev, parliamentary staff and campaign volunteers for Labour MP for Coventry South Jim Cunningham at his constituency office in the city. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Corbyn’s party resists Tory push in Brexit-voting Coventry to stem May’s confidence

Liberal Democrats party leader Tim Farron (centre) with former party leader Nick Clegg  tour the Gripple factory in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Campaign trail: Britain’s ‘third party’ struggles to be heard as main parties become polarised

Finbarr Cronin, Wakefield’s Liberal Democrat candidate, says the Conservatives  came into the election relying on the Brexit vote ‘but people have moved on on both sides of the divide’

Campaign trail: May’s road to a bigger majority runs through Brexit-leaning constituencies

Angus Robertson, the SNP’s deputy leader said there was ‘very, very little consideration’ being given in English politics to the plight of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

SNP deputy leader says Tories are not taking seriously the risks from possible hard Irish Border

The SNP’s deputy leader, Angus Robertson, campaigning in Elgin, Moray, Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

In an unusual election, nationalists avoid talk of independence as unionists embrace it

Ken MacDonald of Hooke & MacDonald. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hooke & MacDonald says cost of legislation makes managing single lettings unviable

Patrick Nugent, a 23-year-old banqueting manager in Bunratty, died in the early hours of February 11th, 1984

Relatives fear inquiry into 1984 death will focus on Garda investigation rather than killing

Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik who was murdered in 1969: US priest Joseph Maskell, who fled to Ireland following sex abuse allegations in Baltimore,  is suspected of involvement in the unsolved murder of Sr Cesnik

Fr Joseph Maskell’s work as psychologist in Wexford under review after fresh allegations

Niall Kelly, civilian head of the Garda’s internal audit unit, told the PAC there had been “probably waste of public funds” but there was no personal gain by members of the force.

No garda benefited personally from financial irregularities, internal audit unit chief says

The Public Accounts Committee is hearing evidence on Wednesday from six civilian members of An Garda Síochána. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Heated exchanges at committee on Garda’s handling of financial irregularities at Templemore

Members of the public look at tributes left for those  who died in Monday’s terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

City remains on critical state of alert as it tries to return to normal following bombing

Irish ambassador to the UK Dan Mulhall (second from right) speaking with Dublin-born Manchester councillor Pat Karney of the Labour Party at the memorial to the Manchester Arena bomb attack victims at St Ann’s Square in Manchester city centre on Friday. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Dan Mulhall signs book of condolences in ‘one of the most Irish cities in the world’

Olivia Campbell (15), one of the 22 people  killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Photograph: the Manchester Evening News

Singing teacher remembers student Olivia Campbell, killed in Manchester bombing

Police stand guard outside the Didsbury Mosque where  Salman Abedi, the bomber responsible for  Monday’s attack, had prayed.  Photograph: Andrew Testa The New York Times

Saddened and shocked, many fear retaliation following Monday’s suicide bomb attack

A British army soldier patrols with an armed police officer near the Houses of Parliament in central London. Photograph: Getty Images

Intelligence withheld after American media published sensitive terror attack details

Theresa Grant, the Wexford woman running Trafford Council, is searching for any kind of trigger in  Salman Abedi’s education. Photograph:  Simon Carswell

Wexford woman directs Trafford Council to examine Salman Abedi’s education

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

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