On Monday, the US department of agriculture granted Irish producers the right to carry a USDA-approved brand marketing Irish beef.

Newly-reappointed Minister for Agriculture leads trade visit to US and Mexico

Back in campaign mode: President Trump leaves Wednesday’s rally in Cedar Rapids. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The president was back in campaign mode as his press secretary packed his bags

US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

US president questions independence of man tasked with leading Russia investigation

US president Donald Trump and James Comey, the man he fired as FBI director. Photographs: Michael Reynolds/Shawn Thew/EPA

US president had said the sacked FBI director ‘better hope’ tapes of exchanges did not exist

Republican Karen Handel makes  a heart sign for her supporters ahead of her election victory in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Republicans pledge to push through vote on revised healthcare plan as early as next week

Struggling under the weight of a deepening Russian scandal and special counsel investigation, Donald Trump needed a win. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The vote had been closely watched as a barometer of public feeling towards the president

Georgia’s 6th Congressional district Republican candidate Karen Handel gives a heart sign to supporters gathered at Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina on June 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Karen Handel beat Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff in the race for the congressional seat in Georgia’s sixth district

A US warplane shot down an Iran-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria.   Photograph: Matthew Bursch/AFP/Getty

Russia reacts with fury to recent US shooting down of a Syrian fighter plane

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is taking on Republican Karen Handel in Atlanta, Georgia’s sixth  congressional district election. Photograph: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

US Wrap: Democrat Jon Ossoff could take Republican seat; Trump meets tech leaders

Otto Frederick Warmbier has died after his return to the US, following his detention in North Korea. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Warmbier suffered brain damage during 18 months he served of 15-year sentence

Ireland is hoping for a breakthrough on access to the US beef market this week, as Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed arrived in Washington on Sunday for a week-long trade mission

Minister is seeking the award of a USDA-backed marketing brand promoting Irish beef’s credentials

The Trump International Hotel in Washington. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

Opposition to the Trumps' business entanglements is gaining momentum

Ana Lacayo and Barbara Jimino, both of Miami, show their support for US president Donald Trump near the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Bernie Woodall/Reuters

‘We do not want US dollars to prop up regime that represses and exploits people of Cuba’

US president Donald Trump has sent angry tweets this week over a report that  Robert Mueller was looking into whether the president obstructed justice.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Vice president Pence hires lawyer in connection with FBI’s investigation into Russian links

 Republican congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot and injured on Wednesday,  photographed in  August 2014. File photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Bullet travelled across pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring organs and causing bleeding

US president Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

US president says Russian collusion story is ‘phony’ after report he is under investigation

Donald Trump: the US president met with Florida senator Marco Rubio, his former rival as Republican nominee for president, for dinner at the White House last week. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/EPA

US president’s new policy towards the island could include tightening of travel rules

House majority whip Steve Scalise: Fox News reported that he was in stable condition after being shot  at a baseball practice involving US politicians. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Attacker dies in hospital of injuries sustained in gun fight with Capitol Hill police officers

US attorney general Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump administration, and its possible collusion with Russia during the campaign. Photograph: EPA

Attorney general unable to recall meeting with Russian ambassador at hotel event

Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings, Dublin, for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

What does the future hold for the man who will no longer be taoiseach?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: to testify before the senate intelligence committee. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Move adds to pressure on Trump administration as its travel-ban appeal is rejected

US vice-president Mike Pence. The former governor of Indiana has suggested that gay people should receive medical treatment to change their sexual behaviour. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/Nasa via Getty Images

Administration’s right-wing Irish-American identity poses challenge for future taoiseach

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president denies former FBI director’s central claim that he demanded ‘loyalty’

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Republican-controlled Congress reserves the power to impeach president

President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/ EPA

President rails against Comey testimony, telling faithful ‘we will never give up’

Former FBI director James Comey before a US senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former FBI chief says reason for sacking to alter way Russian investigation conducted

Former FBI director James Comey  is making his first public comments since being fired by President Donald Trump in May.  Photograph: AP

Implications of sacked FBI director’s testimony could be explosive

President Donald Trump and FBI director James Comey. Mr Comey will testify  before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, where he is expected to be quizzed intensely about his interactions with Mr Trump. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ex-FBI chief to face Intelligence Committee, marking escalation in Russia controversy

Asked in Chicago if he had any advice for his successor Enda Kenny cited a text the late Seamus Heaney sent to his wife shortly before he died. “Noli timere – do not be afraid.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach hails ‘hero of our nation’ and Fine Gael founder as he offers advice to Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is expected to be elected taoiseach when the House resumes on Tuesday, June 13th. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Government TDs also want commitment to phase out USC ahead of vote for Taoiseach

Rachid Redouane married a British woman at Dublin registry office in November, 2012, and lived in a flat in Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, south Dublin, around that time. Photograph: London Met Police/EPA

Special Detective Unit holds man in Wexford after man in Limerick released without charge

 (L-R) Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane - believed to be the three London attackers. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Inquiry seeking to establish if Rachid Redouane wed for immigration reasons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny dealt with the leadership issue early. “I’m happy to pass on responsibility to the next generation.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Bono alerts devoted fans to presence at Chicago concert of ‘chieftan of our country’

Armed police officers stand guard at the perimeter cordon following Saturday night’s London terror attack. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Ireland ‘ill-equipped’ to handle terror threat, say security analysts

London mayor Sadiq Khan: Trump’s tweet appears to refer to comments by Mr Khan when he said that while people would see an increased police presence, there was “no reason to be alarmed”

Khan spokesman says mayor has more important things than responding to ‘ill-informed tweet’

 American Visionary –  John F Kennedy’s Life and Times exhibition    in Washington, DC: the show is an attempt to present a fresh look at a man who continues to occupy a powerful place in the American imagination. Photograph: Larry French/Getty

US: Kennedy presidency coincided with a golden age of photojournalism

Paris Agreement: Donald Trump departs after announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the climate-change accord. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Top polluter China says it still backs global climate-change accord

Donald Trump: “At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?” Photograph: Getty Images

Analysis: President laments flawed deal as one marked by ‘other countries laughing at us’

US President Donald Trump announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Robinson says its unconscionable one of the world’s largest emitters would walk away from its responsibilities

US president Donald Trump: has described climate change as a ‘hoax’ to international dismay. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

President poised to decide on whether to quit Paris accord climate agreement many deem vital

Stephen Swift, GE, Wilbur Ross, Secretary, US Department of Commerce, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Nguyen Viet Cuong, chairman of Phu Cuong, Pham Quoc Anh, GM Phu Cuong, Andy Kinsella, COO, Mainstream Renewable Power, Thang Bui Vinh, Mainstream Renewable Power

Eddie O’Connor’s renewable energy firm joins with US utilities giant GE on project

Angela Merkel and Donald Trump at last week’s G7 summit: US press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to downplay reports of tensions between the two leaders. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter attack latest sign of escalating tensions between long-time partners

US president Donald Trump has defended his senior advisor, saying he is “doing a great job for the country”. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president’s son-in-law reportedly sought to set up back channel with Moscow

US  office of management and budget director Mick Mulvaney: “We don’t want to measure compassion by the number of programmes we have and the number of people on them.” Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

America Letter: Taxpayers’ budget has fuzzy maths and will hurt low-income Americans

Jared Kushner: the 36-year-old former property magnate is a senior figure in the White House, playing an increasingly prominent role in foreign policy.   Photograph: Getty Images

Activities of the president’s son-in-law in the month before Donald Trump’s inauguration under spotlight

American president Donald Trump shakes hands with Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, during a Nato summit in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

US president wants Europe to show him the money as other issues simmer

Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Political journalist allegedly thrown to the floor by Greg Gianforte

Attendees cheer for Democratic candidate Rob Quist (foreground) during a rally at Montana State University. Photograph: Jenna Shoenefeld/New York Times

Contests viewed as bellwether of public attitudes to Trump ahead of 2018 midterms

Former CIA director John Brennan testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the investigation about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign on Capitol Hill.

John Brennan claims Russian ‘interactions’ but stops short of alleging US ‘collusion’

 US President Donald  Trump,  King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  opening the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  EPA/Saudi Press Agency

United States’ role is not to ‘lecture’ or ‘tell other people how to live’, says US president

US president Donald Trump at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

He received a warm welcome in Saudi Arabia but a trickier assignment to Israel beckons

US President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president addresses Islamic leaders on the second day of his Saudi Arabia visit

Roger Ailes, the cofounder of Fox News. Photograph: Angel Franco/The New York Times

America Letter: Scandals and the ignoring of certain Trump stories have had an impact

US president Donald Trump meets with Russian officials at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Russian Foreign Ministry via The New York Times

Senior White House advisor is significant person of interest in Russia inquiry, story says

 US president Donald Trump strongly defended his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, saying “Director Comey was very unpopular with most people”.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US president denies he asked former FBI director to drop Flynn investigation

A plaque commemorating Irishman Thomas Francis Meagher will be the first plaque added to the Washington Monument’s interior since 1982. Photograph: iStock

Irish republican who played prominent role in American Civil War to be honoured

Former FBI director Robert Mueller has been appointed to lead the FBI’s investigation into alleged contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign before the US election. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Democrats satisfied after independent counsel assigned to FBI Russia investigation

House speaker Paul Ryan: “It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president.”  Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Warnings against ‘rushing to judgment’ amid claims over interference in FBI inquiry

US president Donald Trump:  Air Force One will take him and key staff on a nine-day foreign trip from Friday.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

As US controversies simmer, Trump takes his unpredictability abroad to world leaders

During a speech in Connecticut, US president Donald Trump said: ‘You can’t let the critics and the naysers get in the way of your dreams.’  Photograph: R/Kevin Lamarque

US president claims ‘no politician in history’ has been treated more unfairly

US president Donald Trump said ‘no politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly’. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Paul Ryan backs president as Putin offers to hand over transcript of Lavrov meeting

Donald Trump’s presidency is becoming increasingly erratic. Photograph: AFP

Analysis: Revelations over last 24 hours may bring 45th US presidency into new territory

A file  photograph made available by the Russian foreign ministry shows US president Donald Trump  speaking with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during their meeting in the White House in Washington. Photograph: EPA/Russian foreign ministry

Donald Trump’s political fate rests ultimately with the Republican Party

US president Donald Trump: White House  hit back at  reports he put inappropriate pressure on former FBI director James Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/Pool via Bloomberg

Latest reports add pressure on White House struggling to quell Russia leak scandal

US president Donald Trump (centre) speaking with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in the White House last week. Photograph: EPA/Russian Foreign Ministry

US president defends decision to disclose classified information to Russian officials

 US president Donald Trump welcomes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey outside the West Wing of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Analysis: Reports of president sharing intelligence could not have come at worse time

Students at  Penn State. The university has  banned the Beta Theta Pi fraternity chapter following the death of Timothy Piazza. Photograph: John Greim/Getty Images

America Letter: Penn State students charged in Timothy Piazza case

Former FBI director James Comey testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee  in Washington last week. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s account of sudden removal of FBI chief contradicts official rationale

President Donald Trump talks about his firing of FBI director James Comey to reporters while meeting with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office. Photograph: Doug Mills

Democrats unanimous in call for special prosecutor to look at Russian interference

The White House  has argued the sacking of FBI director James Comey is linked to his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email controversy. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

White House rejects suggestions decision to dismiss FBI chief linked to Russian inquiry

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, US president Donald Trump and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak meet in Washington. Photograph: Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images

James Comey had sought extra resources for Russia inquiry days before he was fired

The timing of the decision to fire FBI director James Comey has raised alarm bells. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/File Photo

What was the the real reason for the FBI director’s sacking?

 The White House said US president Donald Trump dismissed FBI director James Comey on  “clear recommendations” from attorney general Jeff Session and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. Photograph: Reuters

US president accused of ‘Nixonian’ coverup over dismissal of FBI director

US marines in the Afghan province of Helmand. The Trump administration is reported to be considering a troop surge in the country. File photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty

Trump signs off on plan as administration considers troop surge in Afghanistan

James Comey has been removed as FBI director. File photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Bureau chief sacked days after testifying on Capitol Hill over Russian election-meddling

Former acting US attorney general Sally Yates and former director of national intelligence James Clapper  before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing.  Photograph:  EPA

Former AG Sally Yates says she advised that Russia could blackmail Michael Flynn

“I raised the issue of human rights with the Saudi Arabian authorities.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach moves to clarify previous statement about raising issue of women’s rights

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as  Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to the press  in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photograph: Reuters/Christinne Muschi

America Letter: No surprise that trade dominated talks between Kenny and Trudeau

Saudi women walk past a jewelry shop at Tiba market in Riyadh, on October 3, 2016. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Contradiction emerged between his statement in Canada Thursday and the Dáil in 2014

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the press as Taoiseach Enda Kenny looks on during a new conference in Montreal, Quebec. Photograph: Reuters/Christinne Muschi

Taoiseach speaks of need for strong EU at meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

FBI director James Comey testifies before a US Senate judiciary committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Classified Clinton emails had been forwarded to Weiner, Senate committee hears

US President Donald Trump: his  recent overtures to authoritarian leaders has prompted criticism from many in the Republican Party. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Hillary Clinton blames FBI intervention on her defeat in US presidential election

The inaugural Irish Heritage evening takes place at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Photograph: Carol M Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons

Ambassador to take centre stage as capital’s baseball team celebrate Irish heritage

Donald Trump: his comments came days after he alarmed some international allies by inviting Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US president says he would meet North Korean leader ‘under the right circumstances’

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin: with chief economic adviser Gary Cohn,  he presented a one-page outline of Donald Trump’s tax reform package at the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Simple maths and likely political opposition are likely to impede the US’s tax cut pledges

Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, in the final days of the US presidential election in November. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

America Letter: Clinton was ultimately a victim of something outside her control

US president Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday, directing the interior department to begin a review of restrictive drilling policies for the outer-continental shelf. Photograph: Pablo Martinez/AP

US president has failed to deliver on campaign pledges but has already left his mark

US president Donald Trump pumps his fist as he walks off Air Force One in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday. Trump  admitted that he had expected the job of US president to be easier. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Diplomatic engagement proving difficult, says US president ahead of 100-day milestone

US president Donald Trump with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Trump said he had agreed to pleas  to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President reconsidering key policy pledge to end trade pact with Canada and Mexico

US president Donald Trump  is facing sceptics within his own party who are alarmed that the tax proposals will cause US deficit to balloon. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Package still needing approval by Congress could end Ireland’s business tax advantage

Nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches the southeastern port city of Busan on Tuesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Trump to brief US senate on North Korea at a meeting in the White House

US president Donald Trump: likely to face resistance in Congress where Republicans are wary of any measure that might increase the deficit. Photograph: AP

Plan could slow the flow of investment from the US to countries such as Ireland

Mr Trump is also seeking approval for funding for his controversial wall between the United States and Mexico, which the Department of Homeland Security estimates could ultimately cost more than $21 billion. (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

The move would mean a tax rate cut of more than 50 per cent

Former US President Barack Obama  at the University of Chicago on Monday night. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

In first public appearance since leaving office ex-president does not directly mention Trump

US president Donald  Trump with US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley  and assistant to the president for national security affairs Lieut Gen HR McMaster during a  lunch at the White House with ambassadors from the UN. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/PA

US government facing shutdown as funding for federal agencies due to run out on Friday

US president Donald Trump: approval rating is at a record low for any president at this point in his presidency, according to a new poll. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Officials play down chances of major tax overhaul as 100-day mark looms

 Democratic US House of Representatives candidate Jon Ossoff  is one of 18 candidates who ran in the non-partisan special election to fill Georgia’s 6th congressional district seat. Photograph: EPA

America Letter: Special election to fill conresssional district seat in Georgia had been regarded as a shoo-in for the Republica(...)

 Donald Trump speaks at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on October 21st, 2016 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, during  his presidential campaign. Photograph: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Support for Donald Trump remains strong in the ‘rust belt’ as he nears his 100th day

Michael Noonan: “What we have done is position ourselves to be the regional centre for Europe”

Noonan plays down concerns at any changes in US tax and trade policy under Trump

 Ledell Lee  (51) was executed by lethal injection for the  murder of a 26-year-old woman, Debra Reese, in 1993. Photograph: AP

Ledell Lee, who maintained his innocence until his death, was executed by lethal injection

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