Fast-food restaurant tycoon Andrew Puzder, after a meeting, outside the clubhouse at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, New Jersey in November. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Climate change sceptic to run EPA and fast-food mogul in line for labour secretary

 The cover of Time magazine’s December 19th  issue, featuring US president-elect Donald  Trump, who has been named  the magazine’s 2016  Person of the Year. Photograph: EPA/TIME

President-elect appoints fossil fuel defender to run the Environmental Protection Agency

Garda Brian Hanrahan was on holiday in the US when the assault occurred.

One of two brothers released on basis of no probable cause in shooting of Brian Hanrahan

 US president-elect Donald Trump  and Son Masayoshi, CEO of SoftBank, meet the press following a meeting at Trump Tower in New York. Photograph: Albin Lohr-Jones/EPA

President-elect calls on US government to cancel Boeing order for new Air Force One

Irish Ambassador to the US  Anne Anderson with assistant secretary of the bureau of educational and cultural affairs at the US State Department Evan Ryan as the J-1 was signed. Photograph: Flickr/Kelsey Brannan, ECA, U.S. Department of State

Irish and US officials hold talks on summer version of student visa targeted by Trump

Ben Carson has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to  be secretary of the department of housing and urban development. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Prominent African-American doctor to oversee renewal agenda in inner cities

An NYPD officer directs traffic in front of Trump Tower, New York. Photograph:  Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

Security for US president-elect costing city $1m a day says Irish-American NYPD chief

 Norwegian Air: Unions claim the airline will use its  Irish Air Operator’s Certificate as a flag of convenience to skirt labour laws and employ low-paid crew. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Norwegian Air’s permit win likely to prompt opposition from pilots’ unions and rivals

Voting day: Several computer scientists and election lawyers have called for a recount on suspicions of vulnerabilities around paperless voting machines. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Not everyone is happy to accept that Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton fairly

Enda Kenny during an interview in New York on Friday: he said he would leave the decision on the future of water charges to a special Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Kenny unwilling to indicate whether he favours refunds for charges paid

US healthcare: Enda Kenny called the agreement a “great endorsement of what Ireland has to offer in healthcare provision and medical technology”. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Agreement with Northwell Health will allow Irish firms to sell to US health specialists

Enda Kenny told Bloomberg TV the Government had received a “stream” of inquiries from financial services companies and banks considering a move out of Britain. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Taoiseach defends US firms investing in State after Republican promised crackdown

Enda Kenny told Bloomberg that every political issue contains opportunities.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach says Government would compete ‘fairly and hard’ to lure such companies

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said allegations a 13-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by a number of his peers at The King’s Hospital school in  south Dublin boarding school were ‘disturbing’. Photograph: Google maps

The King’s Hospital school responds to reports of alleged sexual assault of 13-year-old

The water charges committee has a number of questions to examine, including whether water services will be funded by a new tax or by adjusting existing taxes. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Committee on funding water supply will operate transparently, says chair Pádraig Ó Céidigh

Gerry Adams has again said he received information about Brian Stack’s murderers from his son, Austin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kenny rebukes SF leader over undisclosed information on 1983 killing of Brian Stack

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: said the company is putting money in a holding account pending the outcome of its appeal against the European Commission ruling, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Taoiseach restates opposition to €13bn bill following meeting with CEO Tim Cook

Gerry Adams: Heavily criticised by Taoiseach Enda Kenny during his US trip. Photograph: Eric Luke

Adams criticised by Taoiseach concerning the murder of prison officer by IRA in 1983

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. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach meets parents of balcony collapse victim Ashley Donohoe during US visit

Enda Kenny said it was up to the all-party special committee to consider the recommendation of an expert commission that most households should not pay water charges. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Kenny on US visit defers call on future of water payments amid internal FG tensions

Wilbur Ross: Donald Trump’s nomination  puts a man with a deep understanding of Ireland and the Irish economy at the heart of next US administration. Photograph: the New York Times

‘King of Bankruptcy’ Wilbur Ross, who invested in Bank of Ireland, named commerce secretary

US president-elect Donald Trump dining  with Mitt Romney (right) and chief-of- staff  Reince Priebus   on Tuesday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

US president-elect announces plans to separate himself from his business interests

Voters in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on on November 8th. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has sought a recount in the state amid accusations of voting irregularities and hacks. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

Green Party candidate files for fresh count of votes in another state won by Republican

Cuban Americans celebrate the death of  Fidel Castro in the Little Havana neighbourhood of Miami, Florida on Sunday. Photograph: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images

Havana must give Cuban people a ‘better deal’, president-elect warns Castro regime

US president Barack Obama  and Cuban president Raul Castro. The death of Fidel Castro will push US-Cuban relations to the top of Donald Trump’s foreign policy in-tray. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Next US president may spy opportunities after passing of divisive Cuban revolutionary

Billboard in Havana depicting  Fidel Castro and reading ‘Fidel Among Us’,  two days after his death. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Ted Cruz among Republican critics, referring to Cuban leader as ‘murderous tyrant’

Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh’s parents emigrated from Ireland to  America  in the 1950s.    Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times

Son of Galway immigrants believes Trump will struggle to adopt campaign pledges

US president-elect Donald Trump  in the lobby of the New York Times building after a question-and-answer session with journalists. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Republican’s transition marked by same unpredictability and petulance as campaign

President-elect Donald Trump during a meeting with reporters, columnists and company leadership from the New York Times, at the publication’s headquarters in New York. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

US president-elect does not want to prosecute Hillary Clinton and reverses on climate change

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) meets  Donald Trump in Trump Tower, which is a short walk from the hotel where the Taoiseach is scheduled to stay during his visit. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Enda Kenny suggested New York meeting on post-election call to US president-elect

 People in Los Angeles protest the appointment of  former Breitbart News head Steve Bannon, as chief strategist of the White House. Photograph: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Incidents of vitriol and harassment rise as Republican brings far right to mainstream

Three new faces in the Trump administration are US Representative from Kansas Mike Pompeo, retired lieutenant  general Michael Flynn, and Senator Jeff Sessions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US president-elect rewards loyalty by naming early supporters to top administration roles

 Boston Globe hoax headline: Irish immigrants worry Trump may reverse legislation that  protects children  from deportation. Photograph:  Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

Irish Government officials focus diplomatic efforts on immigration ‘sanctuary cities’

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law:  consulted lawyers to see if he would circumvent anti-nepotism rules and have a White House role by foregoing a government salary and placing his  business interests in a blind trust. Photograph:  Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Lobbyist measures decided after days of upheaval and infighting within Trump camp

Democratic senators Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders and Debbie Stabenow: the party wants  to bridge the gap between the   leadership and key constituencies. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Barack Obama questions election strategy and urges party to work at grass-roots level

President-elect Donald Trump: his economic adviser Stephen Moore says US corporate tax is set to change to 15-20 per cent from the current 35 per cent, though Ireland will still have “a tax advantage” with its 12.5 per cent rate. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Stephen Moore says Irish ‘tax advantage’ will remain even after president-elect’s proposals

US vice president-elect Mike Pence at Trump Tower for meetings with US president-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty

President-elect meets to consider roles amid ‘purge’ of Chris Christie associates

President Barack Obama and Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Tuesday. Photograph:  EPA/Orestis Panagiotou

US president rejects view he caused shock result, said voters wanted to ‘shake things up’

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the US presidential election. “There needs to be a profound change in the way the Democratic Party does business,” he says. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Election pushed many long-time white Democrats towards insurgent Republican

Donald Trump with his new chief of staff  Reince Priebus: Mr Priebus spent much of his post-appointment  media interviews defending his future colleague Steve Bannon and the latter’s links to white supremacists. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/via Getty

President says it will be up to Trump to appoint a team that serves his policies

Steve Bannon: Began his career in the military and business before turning to politics and the media. Photograph: Getty Images

US president-elect’s top adviser a pugnacious, Irish-American, conservative provocateur

Lock her up: Donald Trump supporters protest against Hillary Clinton in the run-up to this week’s US presidential election. Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

The president-elect pledged to build a wall on the border with Mexico and ban Muslims from entering the US, among other vote-winni(...)

Here’s a man bound to find extensive work opportunities over the next four years: Donald Trump impersonator Eric Jackman, here at work at a Trump campaign rally  in Manchester, New Hampshire. File photograph: Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

Republican mulling a mix of insiders and outsiders for top administration positions

A demonstrator  during a protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Cole Howard/Reuters

US president-elect praises demonstrators after blaming media for the unrest

Leslie Rossi with her family outside The Trump House, the property she turned into a local campaign office for the candidate in western Pennsylvania, helping Trump become the first Republican to win the state since 1988

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporters speak out as the election result sinks in

Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke with Donald Trump  in a call set up by the Irish Embassy  in Washington. Sections of the British press expressed outrage that Mr Trump  spoke to Mr Kenny ahead of UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

Kenny one of nine world leaders to speak to Trump within 24 hours of his election

 President Barack Obama (right) shakes hands with president-elect Donald Trump at the end of their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

President calls meeting ‘excellent’ as president-elect describes him as ‘very good man’

 President Barack Obama meets president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President and successor show a unified front as they begin formal handover of power

 Hillary Clinton supporters watch TV coverage of the US presidential election in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood of Seattle as Donald Trump emerges as winner. Photograph: Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty

‘Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind,’ says Clinton

Supporters of president-elect Donald Trump cheer  as they watch the election results during a rally on Wednesday night. Photograph: AP

Analysis: Reagan Democrats became Trump Democrats as Republican triumphs in Rust Belt

President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally in New York. Photograph: John Locher/AP

Hillary Clinton concedes defeat as Republican wins critical swing states in election

Donald Trump points to supporters at the end of his rally at the SNHU Arena on Monday in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Republican flaunts backing of Tom Brady in final pitch to New Hampshire voters

Hillary Clinton: Trust is her  most vulnerable front and Donald Trump  has attacked it repeatedly. Photograph: Reuters

Democrat candidate found in most polls to be less trustworthy than Donald Trump

Donald Trump (centre) campaigning in Florida, the biggest, most valuable battleground state in the US presidential election. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ten competitive swing states critical in deciding if Clinton or Trump wins presidency

Amanda Pierre-Louis with her friends, wife and husband Deanna and Aroson Randle, at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina. The three see African-Americans as being worse off now than they were when Barack Obama was elected. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Democratic candidate in last-minute campaigning to shore up traditional support

Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Wilmington International Airport:  “In three days, we are going to win the great state of North Carolina. Then, we will win the White House.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Number of blacks voting falls as vicious campaign attacks alienate Obama’s core base

Jennifer Aho of LA, California

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? With three days to go, six Irish emigrants to America reveal their feelings about the upcoming e(...)

A child tries to catch caps thrown in the air before  Trump holds a campaign event in Orlando, Florida. Children have become the collateral damage amid all the name-calling and insult-spewing of the US election campaign. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

America Letter: The rancour of the campaign has spilled into classrooms and playgrounds

Trump took advantage of his outsider status in a packed Republican primary race at a time when the vast majority of the party’s supporters were angry or dissatisfied with Washington politicians. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Outcome of campaign – an orgy of xenophobia and insults – could be decided by turnout

 Democratic presidential nominee  Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally at The Great Hall at Heinz Field  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Latest poll puts Clinton three points ahead, as FBI role in election draws further scrutiny

Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,   leaves the federal courthouse in Newark on Friday. Baroni, who was born in Ireland, was found guilty in the “Bridgegate” trial along with fellow former aide Bridget Anne Kelly. Photograph: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

Irish-American appointee and one-time aide guilty over politically motivated traffic jams

Supporters  in Berwyn, Pennsylvania where Melania Trump was campaigning for her husband. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Pennsylvania is Clinton’s ‘checkmate’ state and Trump’s biggest possible steal

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, at  a rally in Berwyn, Pennsylvania: “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough.” Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Donald Trump sends wife Melania to Pennsylvania for first solo campaign appearance

US president Barack Obama implied FBI director’s  decision to tell Congress  it was investigating newly discovered emails violated normal procedures followed during an FBI inquiry. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President breaks silence on decision to tell Congress about revived Clinton email inquiry

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: the two candidates are  barnstorming battleground states with just days to go until the US presidential election. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Averages show tightening presidential race as nominees ‘barnstorm’ swing states

Hillary Clinton jokes with Democratic Ohio congresswoman Marcia Fudge during a surprise stop for lunch at Angie’s Soul Cafe in Cleveland. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Democrats go on the offensive as voter enthusiasm slips in wake of revived FBI inquiry

White House press secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Democratic nominee steps up defence against email inquiry: ‘There is no case here’

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is depicted as an angel, Republican candidate Donald Trump as a devil, with former vice-president Dick Cheney looking on, at a Halloween display in Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Polls show Democrats' candidate putting Georgia in play for first time in 24 years

Donald Trump: Clinton’s campaign has attacked the Wikileaks exposé as the work of Russian hackers aimed at handing the election to the Republican. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Journalist-turned-PR man Declan Kelly helped get millions for Bill Clinton and charity

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talks to staff members, including aide Huma Abedin, onboard her campaign plane. Photograph:  Brian Snyder/Reuters

Anthony Weiner inquiry throws up a bombshell in US election’s closing straight

Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally with First Lady Michelle Obama at Wake Forest University on October 27th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bureau is examining a new batch of emails linked to Democratic presidential candidate

Bill Clinton at a fundraising event for his wife Hillary Clinton: The former president took in more than $50 million dollars from “forprofit” activities over the years, a close aide said in a hacked memo released by WikiLeaks.  Photograph: Timothy  Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Republican says memo a forewarning of how Hillary Clinton may operate in White House

Senator  Elizabeth Warren (left), New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan and democratic presidential nominee  Hillary Clinton greet supporters during a campaign rally at Saint Anselm College this week   in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Unpopular presidential candidates make fight for Congress highly competitive

Teneo cofounder Declan Kelly (second from left) with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton: details of  firm’s connections with the Clintons were revealed in emails leaked by Wikileaks

American Ireland Fund rejects claim that former trustee could direct charity’s money

File photograph of Declan Kelly (second left), with Hillary Clinton.

PR man Declan Kelly arranged lucrative paid speeches for former US president Bill Clinton

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the . House of Representatives, arriving at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC before its grand opening. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Gingrich praised for interview in which he accuses host of being ‘fascinated with sex’

Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren at a rally Monday at St Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. “I just want to be official here: I’m with her. Are you with her?” Warren asked the enthusiastic crowd. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mixed feelings for Clinton in state has made show of Democratic unity more important

 US senator Elizabeth Warren:  “Get this, Donald: nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart and nasty women vote.” Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Republican claims polls are biased towards Democrats in latest ‘rigged’ election claim

 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attending a campaign event at Penn Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, with her running mate Tim Kaine. Photograph:  Robyn Beck/AFP/ Getty Images

Democrat must shore up vote in urban and suburban Pennsylvania to shut out Trump

Presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with his wife Melania, on Thursday  at the  Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York City. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

Presidential candidates locked in virtual dead heat in red southern state of Georgia

The average household income of a Trump voter in the primaries was about $72,000. Photographs: Getty Images

Republican nominee’s support base extends to people unaffected by trade or immigration

Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks at Republican nominee Donald Trump as he speaks during the Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York, on Thursday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US presidential candidates trade biting quips at traditional dinner ‘roast’ in New York

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump smiles after making what he said was a major announcement, that he would abide by the election results if he won, to supporters at a campaign rally in Delaware, Ohio. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Obama praises conservatives for rejecting tycoon’s voter fraud claims as ‘nonsense’

 US president Barack Obama speaks during a rally for Hillary Clinton at Florida Memorial University, in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photograph: Cristobal Herrera/EPA

Republican says he reserves right to contest outcome if there is a ‘questionable result’

Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the  third and final  presidential campaign debate  in Las Vegas. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

In desperate move as he faces defeat, Republican says he may not accept poll result

Trump’s poor rating among minority voters leaves him requiring support of white voters

Sinn Féin leader  Gerry Adams received a US visa in the mid-1990s during the Northern Irish peace process. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Leaked email shows speechwriter’s fear given Sinn Féin leader’s ‘legal troubles’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  at a rally in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Tuesday. President Barack Obama chided Trump for trying to discredit the elections before votes have even been cast. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images

No evidence of election rigging, but Republican urges supporters to monitor polling stations

Republican candidate Donald Trump during the final presidential debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 19th October 2016. Photograph: Joe Raedle/EPA

Analysis: Republican’s threat to question democratic process marks dangerous turn

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton debates with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the third US presidential debate in Las Vegas. Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Candidate’s extraordinary stance the key moment of fiery final TV debate of campaign

JP McManus: case is over $17.4m in Mr McManus won from US businessman Alec Gores during a backgammon game in California. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charge made during legal action Limerick tycoon is taking to recover withheld €4.7m

Melania Trump with CNN television host Anderson Cooper during an interview in New York,  aired October 17th, 2016. Photograph: CNN/Reuters

Republican’s wife jokes in interview that she has two boys at home: her son and husband

  Hillary Clinton: The Democratic presidential nominee is looking at the potential to expand her electoral map. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images

Democrat sees chance for new offensive in Arizona, Georgia and other red territories

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump with his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka: Mr Kushner had reportedly discussed the idea for Trump TV with Aryeh Bourkoff, the chief executive of boutique investment bank LionTree who has advised mega-media deals. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Candidate’s son-in-law discussed post-election idea to capitalise on populist campaign

Heroin broke my heart: Cindy Anderson, whose son was an addict. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Ohio is in the grip of a drug epidemic, and voters see Donald Trump’s plan for a wall with Mexico as part of the solution

Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother Iowa. In 2011, she had serious concerns about her father’s involvement in a New York   consultancy firm. Photograph: Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal via AP

WikiLeaks draws back curtain on bitter row over Bill Clinton’s connections with Teneo

Jeanne Hoopes (61), a retired school councillor from Rocky River, an affluent western suburb of Cleveland at the Obama ralling in Cleveland, Ohio.  Photograph: Simon Carswell

As voting opens in the US the president asks voters to reject Republican Donald Trump

Marisa Rippey (42), an online retailer, and  her daughter Marisol Petry (16) from Lewis Center, Ohio vote in the US presidential election in  Delaware County. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Voting pattern in swing state of Ohio shows tycoon has alienated huge number of women

Bailey McDaniel wipes off the side of the campaign bus of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before his campaign rally at the South Florida Fair & Expo Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Facing a slew of sexual misconduct claims, Republican accuses media of ‘vicious’ attack

US first ladyMichelle Obama addresses a crowd during a campaign stop at Southern New Hampshire University for  Hillary Clinton. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

US first lady delivers emotional, personal speech admonishing Republican nominee

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