US president Donald Trump: lost in his own echo-chambers of fallacy. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Deep unease among Republicans at wild card tweets and wiretapping allegations

Healthcare activists rally on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Senate Democrats held the rally to highlight changes being sought in Medicaid in the Republican American Health Care Act. Photograph: Alex Wong

Some Republicans oppose Bill on grounds it is a state subsidy with system of tax credits

US president Donald Trump and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: The furore over the speech presents an interesting case study about the clash between traditional and new media. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

Contrast between Merkel’s body language and Irish bonhomie could not have been starker

White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “The count keeps getting stronger for us,” he told    White House briefing. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Vote in House of Representatives will be major test of congressional support for Trump

Neil Gorsuch testifies during the second day of his Senate hearing. The judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court is expected to be confirmed. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty

Supreme Court nominee grilled by senators about views on abortion, guns and torture

FBI director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers take their seats at a hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Analysis: President is defiant in the face of inquiry into Russian role in US election

 FBI director James Comey at a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, on Capitol Hill, Washington, March 20th, 2017. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

James Comey raises pressure on US president to clarify relationship with Kremlin

US president Donald Trump with Taoiseach Enda Kenny after Trump’s remarks to a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Irony-free president lavishes praise on Irish immigrants the day travel ban was to go live

Former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg speaks to Enda Kenny before the Taoiseach addressed staff at the Bloomberg headquarters in New York on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach defends decision to invite US president Donald Trump to Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is handed a child during the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. . Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Forming a Northern Ireland government ‘fundamentally important’ ahead of Brexit talks

 US President Donald J. Trump accepts a bowl of shamrock from Enda Kenny  at the White House. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Douliery

‘Washington Post’ refers to vice president’s ‘cringe-worthy mildly offensive Irish cliché’

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I won’t be a cheerleader, I won’t be in attendance,’ says Labour Party leader

President Donald Trump, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  House Speaker Paul Ryan  after the annual Friends of Ireland lunch in Washington. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kenny says he had very ‘beneficial’ discussion on immigration with Trump

The president meets the Taoiseach: Donald Trump and Enda Kenny after a “Friends of Ireland” lunch in Washington. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

President describes Enda Kenny as a ‘great guy’, says he will ‘absolutely’ come to Ireland

Former senator George Mitchell speaking at the Ireland Funds dinner in Washington. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach tells US president about potential impacts of Brexit on Republic and the North

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US president Donald Trump shake hands after a Friends of Ireland lunch at the Capitol Building in Washington DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Taoiseach says he invited US president to visit Ireland after ‘beneficial’ talks

US vice president Mike Pence  listens while Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks during a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Naval Observatory. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Enda Kenny says Pence and Trump will have help from Ireland, EU in dealing with challenges

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Ireland Funds Gala Dinner in Washington on the fourth day of his visit to the US. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘It shouldn’t have been in there’: Address edited to leave out leadership intentions

US vice-president Mike Pence at the Ireland Funds dinner in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US vice-president praises ‘indelible mark on American history’ made by Irish emigrants

Enda Kenny speaks to the media  at the American Institute for Peace in Washington on the fourth day of his visit to the US. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach had accused then presidential candidate over ‘racist and dangerous’ language

Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivers a speech to business leaders at a lunch at the American Institute for Peace in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Enda Kenny rejects Nigel Farage’s call to apologise during White House meeting

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny addresses members of the Irish American community in Philadelphia, as part of his US visit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fresh questions raised about Enda Kenny’s leadership after reference to his departure is retracted

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has expressed confidence in Nama, despite the findings of a PAC report. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister also defends his meeting with Cerberus ahead of deadline for Project Eagle bids

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at his hotel in Washington, DC, the US. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach will also raise the plight of undocumented Irish at the White House event

Scene of the search for missing Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We are all grateful for the courage, resolution and exemplary commitment’ Higgins says

The Republican party plans to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act: Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

Congressional Budget Office says Republican plan would reduce federal deficit by $337bn

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny holds a joint press conference with Boston mayor Marty Walsh, at City Hall, Boston,  on the second day of Mr Kenny’s visit to the US. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Enda Kenny and officials have travelled to Washington DC a day early by train

Minister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh has said an options paper containing a range of suggestions will be published. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Campaign groups welcome announcement as 'important first step'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development  Joe McHugh at the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Davis says Britain has contingency measures to leave even if no deal is secured

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  in Philadelphia: suggested that a referendum on allowing Irish citizens abroad to vote in presidential elections was possible  in 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move may be one of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s legacies after he steps down as leader

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the proposed change will mark a ‘historic recognition of the strong and enduring links between Ireland and all our citizens’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The proposed changes will allow people living outside the State to vote in presidential elections

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is keen to regularise the position of undocumented Irish citizens living in the United States when he meets US president Donald Trump this week. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach says system that addresses needs of undocumented Irish of ‘huge benefit’ to US

US president Donald Trump has completed his first 50 days in office. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

US president’s divisive strategy has unfolded against the theatre of a chaotic White House

Philadelphia’s St Patrick’s Day parade: The City of Brotherly Love is central to the Irish-American experience.

America Letter: As Taoiseach goes to meet Trump, prejudice issue once again to the fore

Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with US House committee chairmen in the White House on Friday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

President spends 50th day in office urging Republicans to back replacement health plan

Richard Neal:  said there could not be a more appropriate time for Mr Trump to name a new special envoy for Northern Ireland.   Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Call made by Richard Neal, co-chair of the Congressional Friends of Ireland

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan  holds up a copy of the American Health Care Act during a news conference unveiling the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republicans unveiled plan on Monday to scrap Obamacare’s insurance mandate

President Donald Trump walks in a corridor of the White House on Tuesday to greet visitors, while a portrait of Hillary Clinton hangs on the wall. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images

High commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi says ‘humane leadership’ needed

US attorney general Jeff Sessions speaks on visa travel at the US Customs and Border Protection Press Room in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq removed from list on original legislation while green card holders exempted

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives  at Orlando airport on Friday.  Photograph: Willie J Allen jnr/AP

Jeff Sessions may ride out storm, but questions remain over links with Moscow

A shop in Oakland, California, the day after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Photograph: Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information Collection/Library of Congress/Reuters

A revealing exhibition runs the rule over internment policy during second World War

US attorney general Jeff Sessions was a controversial choice as the country’s top justice official, amid accusations of racial comments he had made in the past. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Donald Trump defends US attorney general amid Russian ambassador controversy

Enda Kenny: the Taoiseach is expected to present the customary bowl of shamrock to the US president at a ceremony at the White House on March 16th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Brendan Boyle says White House shamrock ceremony should continue

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP

Democrats say president failed to provide real plans on implementing legislation

US President Donald Trump after delivering his first address to Congress. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US President slips back into familiar tropes in speech with precious little policy detail

US President Donald  Trump delivers his speech to Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president tells Congress his tax reforms will help American companies ‘thrive’

Senior House Republican Paul Ryan played down reports of divisions between the White House and Republican legislators over repealing the Affordable Care Act. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

George W Bush delivers coded criticism of US president in rare television appearance

Donald Trump in the White House. The new US president will makes his first address to Congress on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

After his explosive first month, all eyes will be on the US president’s maiden address

Donald Trump: border adjustment tax could have long-term implications for US foreign direct investment in Ireland. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Pursuing more jobs, US president indicates imposition of tax on imports not exports

The Oscars are coming, but will Donald Trump be watching . . . and tweeting?  Photograph: Monica Almeida/New York Times

America Letter: On the Walk of Fame, the Trump star once had a wall built around it

US president Donald Trump:  “I’m against the people who make up stories and make up sources.” Photograph: Bloomberg

‘I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news . . . They have no sources’

US education secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. Photograph:Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Obama’s toilet rules ‘huge example of administration’s overreach’, says education chief

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (right) and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during the CPAC  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Trump’s brand of Republicanism dominates discussion on and off this year’s CPAC stage

People gather outside of the White House in Washington during a protest against president Donald Trump’s plan to rescind anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. Photograph: New York Times

Guidance issued by Trump’s predecessor hailed as a victory for transgender rights

White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “The law is the law.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Analysis: US president’s moves spark alarm among immigration lobby groups

US immigration officers detain a suspect in Los Angeles. Photograph: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement via The New York Times

Secretary of state and homeland security chief in Mexico City to meet president

Sean Spicer says the White House is confident it will  win  legal battle over Donald Trump’s travel ban. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Trump move targeting illegal immigrants could face opposition from ‘sanctuary cities’

US president Donald Trump speaks after touring the  National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/EPA

Illegal immigrants in the US who have been charged with minor crimes face deportation

US president Donald Trump points to his wife, first lady Melania Trump, during a campaign rally on Saturday in Melbourne, Florida. Photograph: Chris O’Meara/AP

White House chief of staff says press coverage has been flawed

Donald Trump: The US president speaks during his extraordinary Thursday press conference, during which he berated the “out of control” media. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

A week is a long time in politics, but president proves some weeks are longer than others

An abandoned car manufacturing plant of in Detroit, Michigan. JD Vance’s memoir sketches the narrative of those who left the US southern states of Kentucky for a better life in the so-called rust belt states up north. Photograph: Eric Thayer

America Letter: bestselling account reveals true face of poverty-stricken rust belt voters

One-state solution?: Binyamin Netanyahu  with Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

When Binyamin Netanyahu came to the White House this week the new American president appeared to dismantle two decades of US polic(...)

US president Donald Trump at the launch of the Boeing Dreamliner 787-10, where he pledged to  bring jobs back to the United States. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

White House denies reports National Guard to be called out to round up immigrants

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president confirms new immigration measures and labour secretary nominee

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, centre: Gen Flynn was dismissed by President Donald Trump on Monday. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President condemns reports his officials in touch with Kremlin during US election

Israel’s prime minister  Binyamin  Netanyahu and US president Donald Trump during a news conference at  the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

In press conference with Binyamin Netanyahu, president says he would consider other options

US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” he said in an early-morning tweet. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg

President says information is being illegally given to the New York Times and CNN

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and then retired US army Lieut general Mike Flynn  at an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of RT (Russia Today)on December 10th, 2015. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Kremlin/Reuters

From Flynn leading chants of ‘lock her up’ during the campaign to submitting his resignation

Former White House security adviser Michael Flynn. There are suggestions he could face prosecution, amid reports that the FBI interviewed him during his first few days in the role. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president knew weeks ago about Michael Flynn’s talks with Russian ambassador

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will spend four days in Washington this week. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/EPA

Focus on settlements and location of US embassy, while Flynn crisis fallout continues

Michael Flynn and US president Donald Trump arrive at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, on February 6th. Flynn has resigned as Trump’s national security adviser. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Suzanne Lynch: Resignation of national security adviser raises awkward questions

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a suspect as  part of an operation that involved hundreds of raids last week in at least six states. Photograph:  Charles Reed/US  Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Reuters

Raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in six states

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (back) celebrates with a teammate after defeating the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Adrees Latif

America Letter: For big football day, Americans let down their guard – for a little while

US president Donald Trump greeting Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Friday. Mr Trump said the United States was “a fully engaged partner” and would work to “further strengthening our very crucial alliance”. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

President says he has ‘no doubt’ administration will win controversial travel ban case

Demonstrators march against US president Donald Trump’s  travel ban in New York. Photograph: Susan Stava/The New York Times

US court upholds suspension of ban between seven Muslim-majority countries and US

 US vice-president Mike Pence swears in attorney general Jeff Sessions while Sessions’s wife, Mary and US president Donald look on in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

New attorney general sworn in as scrutiny of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks continues

US president Donald Trump: “I don’t ever want to call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased. And we haven’t had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political.”  Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president calls courts challenging executive order on immigration ‘so political’

A protestors holds a placard that reads “We will be Watching You, Betsy DeVos” outside US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Analysis: recriminations over education secretary’s nomination expected to continue

Women for Election co-founder and chair Michelle O’Donnell Keating at the Washington DC event. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Huge cultural shift has occurred in Ireland despite ‘plateaued’ progress, event told

  Tom Price:  nominee  for health and human services secretary. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

US president waiting on congressional decisions on key posts in his administration

US president Donald Trump praised his education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos on Twitter: “She is going to be a great Education Sec for our kids!” Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images

Billionaire given position despite opposition from 48 Democrats and two Republicans

Nazanin Zinouri is greeted on Monday at the airport in Greenville, South Carolina. Zinouri, an Iranian who works for a technology firm in Greenville and has lived in the US for seven years, was initially removed from her flight in Dubai on the way back to the US after visiting family in Iran. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Kerry and Albright join business leaders criticising curbs on some foreigners

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

An Iraqi family from Woodbridge, Virginia, welcomes their grandmother at Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Virginia, against the backdrop of a simmering travel ban. Photograph: Astrid Riecken

Justice department set to issue counter-appeal in case likely to reach supreme court

Charlie Flanagan: The  Minister for Foreign Affairs  expressed concerns to Trump administration officials over the “suddenness and the arbitrary nature” of the US immigrant ban. Photograph: Eric Luke

Charlie Flanagan, citing ‘active engagement’ with US, says St Patrick’s Day visit still on

Reviewing globalisation: planet Earth  on a  screen behind participants of a panel session at the World Economic Forum,  in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Those in world’s most powerful institutions confront popular rejection of their values

UK chancellor Philip Hammond: “If we are driven out of that market, and denied access to our most important market, we will reinvent ourselves and find a new way of being competitive”

UK chancellor Philip Hammond warns EU of consequences if Britain is driven out of European market

British prime minister Theresa May in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, during the World Economic Forum. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British prime minister calls Brexit a ‘unique opportunity’ to embrace internationalism

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness is acknowledged as he leaves Bishops Gate hotel after announcing his intention not to see re-election in Derry, Northern Ireland, January 19th, 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs says SF leader ‘unstinting in efforts to secure powersharing’

  World Economic Forum  in Davos. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan attended a  dinner there with 50 current and prospective IDA clients. Photograph: EPA

Minister says more than 100 UK firms have expressed an interest in moving to Ireland

Theresa May at the World Economic Forum  in Davos: “We are by instinct a great global trading nation that seeks to trade with countries not just in Europe but beyond Europe too.” Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Prime minister in Davos talks of UK as leading advocate of free trade and globalisation

The Congress Centre during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will meet investors at the forum. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Bilateral meetings at World Economic Forum come amid challenges to Irish economy

Outgoing US vice president at the World Economic Forum: he called on Europe and the US to come together and renew the “fight for democracy wherever it is under threat”. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Middle classes in ‘crisis’, IMF’s Christine Lagarde tells World Economic Forum in Davos

A global who’s who has descended on the Swiss town of Davos for the World Economic Forum. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Famous Irish faces missing this year include Bono and Denis O’Brien, but Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave is in attendance

Attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Enda Kenny is due to hold a series of bilateral meetings with senior figures in the banking, telecommunications and pharmaceutical worlds.  Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Brexit and potential changes to US tax law present unprecedented challenges for State

Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

Chief executive reveals relocation plans at Davos as Taoiseach prepares to attend forum

US secretary of state John Kerry Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos where he defended Obama’s economic record. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Trump adviser tells World Economic Forum that US will want strong bilateral agreements

A study by the World Economic Forum shows that median incomes declined by 2.4% between 2008 and 2013 across 26 advanced economies. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP Photos/Getty Images

World Economic Forum starts in Davos with Xi Jinping the first Chinese leader to attend

A man cleans a carpet ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

Eight men’s wealth same as world’s poorest 50%, indicates study ahead of Davos forum

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