A file image of  Ibrahim Halawa (21), from Firhouse in Dublin, has been in prison since August 2013.

Charlie Flanagan says he expects trial will ‘move towards a conclusion’

Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory among French citizens living in the Republic in the first round of France’s presidential election. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Nearly half of Irish-based expats voted for the independent centrist candidate in first round

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Letter to Taoiseach signed by academics and artists urges Government to act ‘without delay’

Emmanuel Macron leaves his home surrounded by policemen in Paris on Monday, after the first round of presidential elections where he ended in first place. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Results reveal scale of crisis facing traditional parties across the continent

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, blows a kiss to the crowd during her   speech after finishing second in the first round of the  election in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Landmark first-round result in presidential poll remakes France’s political landscape

A trade unionist  has issued defamation proceedings against RTÉ over a report that the trade union Unite sought an exemption from providing social housing in a property it owned

Broadcaster reported Unite sought social housing exemption certificate for property

Mr Flanagan said he detected shifts in attitudes in both the UK and the rest of the EU bloc ahead of Brexit negotiations. Photograph Niall Carson/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan says negotiators should agree on principle of settlement, not figure

 Fintan O’Toole, columnist, The Irish Times, speaking at The Irish Times Corporate Tax Summit in  Dublin in January of this year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

'Irish Times' journalist recognised for his insightful commentary on Brexit

A child who has tested positive for malaria suffers convulsions after being treated in the MSF clinic. Photograph: Ikram N’gadi/MSF

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières warns on hunger and disease threat in Borno state

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: UK’s impending departure is “one of the most significant challenges Irish agri-food, farming and fisheries have faced since the foundation of the State”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government urged to set up task force to convince EU of threat to agri-food sector

 The British government is slowly realising Brexit is ‘an act of great self-harm’, the State’s top Brexit official has said. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

John Callinan claims London is aware that leaving the EU is an ‘act of great self-harm’

A report by USAid, confirms that it has decided not to suspend or disbar Goal from American funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

USAid arm’s report says it will not suspend or disbar charity from American funding

LÉ Róisín crew members assist in rescuing people from a vessel located about 39 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya in May 2016. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Naval Service personnel on Mediterranean missions to receive additional €15 a day

The ‘truly awful’ Pepsi ad featuring model Kendall Jenner spontaneously joining a rather upbeat street protest

Who had a good or bad week? What were the big stories? Who said what?

European Council president  Donald Tusk takes part in a  news conference about Brexit in Valletta, Malta,  on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Triggering Brexit: the EU’s response

A copy of  Theresa May’s Brexit letter in notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU Treaty

Triggering Brexit marginal notes

A van promoting an EU march passes parliament in London. The UK’s impending departure will require Dublin to make a fundamental shift in how it positions itself at European level. Photograph:  EPA/Andy Rain

Brexit forces Ireland to look at just how superficial some of its EU relationships really are

A file image of Ibrahim Halawa (21) who has been in jail in Egypt since being arrested in Cairo in August 2013. His trial was further adjourned on Wednesday.

Concerns over health of Irish man who has been in an Egyptian jail for over three years

The mass trial of Ibrahim Halawa  and 493 others is due to resume in Cairo on Wednesday.

The mass trial of Dubliner and 493 others is due to resume in Cairo on Wednesday

The famous poster (right) of Che Guevara created by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, and an image of Camilo Guevara (left) given a similar treatment. Illustration: Paul Scott

Che Guevara’s son was four when he last saw his famous father, killed 50 years ago in Bolivia

A public wifi hotspot in Havana: In 2015, the Cuban government opened the first public wifi spots. It also reduced prices and increased speeds for internet access at state-run cybercafes. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Cuba came late to the digital revolution, but a new openness to the world is changing lives

 Cardinal Jaime Ortega  arriving at the Cathedral of Havana to celebrate his last mass as Archbishop  on May 7th, 2016. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Influential Cuban cleric Jaime Ortega warns of new uncertainty in US-Cuban relations

A classic car in a Habana Vieja street in Havana: For many Cubans, the question is how to open up in ways that allow society to protect the achievements of the revolution. Photograph: Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto/Getty

From thriving nightclubs to countercultural cinema, Havana is forging a new path

Scenes from the war in Syria. Illustration: Marc Corrigan

Six personal stories highlight the plight of a war-torn people six years into the conflict

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

UK’s departure from EU will have a seismic political impact on both sides of the Border

Syrian women attend a wool-weaving class, organised by Nesaa al-Ghouta (Women of Ghouta), in the rebel-held Douma district of Damascus. Concern says the war’s impact on civilians  has been “catastrophic”. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

As war enters seventh year, agency says lack of money stymying humanitarian response

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the US. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Adrian O’Neill will become ambassador in London

Barry Andrews stepped down last October as chief executive of the aid agency Goal.

Former children’s minister takes up position with Institute of International and European Affairs

African refugees and migrants wait aboard a rubber boat  off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Santi Palacios/AP

European countries admit less than 10% of 160,000 asylum seekers agreed to take in

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker attends a news conference after the presentation a White Paper on the future of Europe in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Union chief presents five scenarios for future co-operation in White Paper

At a meeting and dinner with Cuban president Raúl Castro,   Mr Higgins  brought up the issue  of human rights in Cuba in a clear but polite manner. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

Irish President meets Cuban activists and independent journalists on final day of visit

Goal is regarded as the leading force in rapid humanitarian response in Ireland, as seen with its work in Haiti rebuilding schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concern plan ended when Goal’s board opted for a rival merger pitch from Oxfam Ireland

President Higgins visiting Pedro Kouri Institute for Tropical Medicine  in  Havana  on the third day of his State visit. “As Cuba is enabled to reopen onto the world at this juncture of a new era, can we imagine new relations between freedom and justice?” Photograph: Maxwell’s

President says country at ‘interesting’ threshold as humanity faces systemic crisis

President Michael D Higgins(left)  greets author Joseph O’Connor in Havana as part of a three-day State visit to Cuba. Photograph: Maxwells

Joseph O’Connor’s ‘Star of the Sea’ is the first Irish novel since ‘Ulysses’ published in Cuba

  Michael D  Higgins and Raul Castro had a ‘warm, long and comprehensive’ discussion on the first day of his three day visit. Photograph: Adalberto Roquedal/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights, LGBT rights and civil society discussed between two leaders

US vice-president Mike Pence: Irish officials see him as a potential ally in the Government’s campaign for immigration reform to help undocumented Irish in the USA. Photograph: Al Drago

US vice-president with Sligo family links will be guest of honour at meal on March 15th

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Win McNamee/EPA/GETTY

US president pledges to ‘destroy’ law preventing political activity by churches

Enda Kenny in Saudi Arabia: Mr Kenny drew heavy criticism for not raising human rights concerns during a 2014 trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Photograph: Mohammed Obaidi

If Kenny meets US president on St Patrick’s Day he will be watched like never before

Ibrahim Halawa has told an Irish delegation he is still on hunger strike.

Arab League suggests it may help to get a seat on the United Nations Security Council

A think-tank founder has said talks on article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the provision that allows for a member state to leave the bloc – would lead to a referendum here. Image: iStock

‘Unavoidable’ that talks on article 50 will trigger a referendum here, seminar hears

Charlie Flanagan: The Minister for Foreign Affairs has called for an end to all settlement construction by Israel in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Photograph: Eric Luke

Extra 3,000 units ‘inherently involves injustice and provocation for Palestinians’

The report found that Irish Aid had made very important inroads into reducing poverty in  Uganda. Photograph: Getty Images

Report suggests greater political nous could have mitigated 2012 corruption scandal

Barack Obama greets Donald Trump as he arrives on the platform at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, for  his inauguration as US president. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Chaotic interaction of US president’s power centres to shape administration’s worldview

 US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’ Malley and his wife, Dena, with President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, in Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph:  Maxwell

Ireland’s carefully cultivated ties with the Republican Party are about to be tested

Catherine Day, a former secretary general of the European Commission, said the UK’s impending departure from the EU would deprive Dublin of an important ally.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Institute of International and European Affairs hears Franco-German axis tightening

A file image  of Ibrahim Halawa who has been held in Egypt since August 2013 after being arrested at a protest over the ousting of then president Mohamed Morsi.

Firhouse man has been detained in Egypt since being arrested at protest in August 2013

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald: “It’s not like there’s a queue of other agencies that can do this. There isn’t.” Photograph: Alan Betson

New general manager believes troubled aid agency is winning back trust of its funders

Goal’s largest donor was USAID, which accounted for €78m of total income.

Financial breakdown indicates ‘reasonable expectation’ the NGO’s operations can continue

 Minster for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  and the New Zealand Foreign Minister  Murray McCully at Iveagh House Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells

Murray McCully says Ireland would be ‘a terrific place’ to host the tournament

Ibrahim Halawa: Awaiting trial for three-and-a-half years.

President set to ‘exercise his legal authority for clemency as soon as sentence passed’

Poster from a press conference held by Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin last August calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa from jail in Egypt. Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin was one of the TDs who visited Mr Halawa on Tuesday. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

21-year-old tells cross-party group at jail near Cairo he was placed in solitary confinement

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: said  the visit  by the Japanese foreign minister and the programme of events  would “celebrate our strong friendship based on shared values”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Foreign minister cites concerns about future of Japanese firms in UK

The Citizens’ Assembly considered changes to the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, at a meeting in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After two-day session, assembly sets aside extra weekend to discuss Eighth Amendment

Turkish upheavals: a supporter of President Erdogan at a rally in Ankara. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

The Reina nightclub attack has only added to the country’s sense of insecurity. As its president turns towards Russia, many fear a(...)

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald: she said the organisation needed to further reduce its cost base. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Charity says it needs to reduce its cost base as it deals with fallout from Syria spending inquiry

The relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will be pivotal to events in 2017

Where are the flashpoints, and what will the populists do with their power?

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack in Aleppo on November 24th, 2016. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

2016 review: Aleppo the key site of a ferocious campaign to dislodge rebel factions

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24th. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

World review of 2016: Across the globe a darker new world order is coming to pass

Cuban president Fidel Castro, left, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev hug at the United Nations in this late 1960 image. Photograph: AP/Marty Lederhandler

Diplomatic effort to tackle fall-out from President Higgins’s warm tribute to leader

A wounded Syrian woman from the al-Sukari neighbourhood is helped on to the back of a truck as she flees during the ongoing military  operation to retake remaining rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

UN says intense bombardment of the rebel strongholds likely amount to a war crime

Syrian residents fleeing the conflict that has so far taken some 400,000 lives, displaced 11 million people and left much of Syria ravaged beyond all recognition. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

UN official says offensive by Assad forces ‘a complete meltdown of humanity’

 Charlie Flanagan: following “an intensive process of engagement with Goal”, Irish Aid was releasing €3.92 million in development funding for Goal. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

More than €7m had been withheld over USAID inquiry into bribery claims

Ibrahim Halawa: the Irish man gave a 10-minute address in which he said he was innocent of all charges against him and asked to be deported to Ireland

Irish man’s case in Egypt postponed for 17th time but request for medical exam granted

The Patrick Pearse letter written at Arbour Hill three days before his execution.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sale of note would debase Irish heritage in 1916 centenary year, says Diarmaid Ferriter

Written by Patrick Pearse on April 30th, 1916, the letter will go under the hammer with a guide price of between €1 million and €1.5 million

Lack of State interest means historic document likely to find private buyer overseas

 Mark Desmond at the time of his  conviction for possession of three shotguns and a rifle with intent to endanger life between October 1999 and February 2000. The verdict was later quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan

Victim of Lucan shooting was veteran figure within Dublin’s drug underworld

Nicola Sturgeon’s visit was her first to Dublin since becoming first minister in 2014. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Scottish first minister’s trip had serious undercurrent beyond just selfies with Senators

Nadia Murad: over a period of several weeks, she was repeatedly raped, beaten and humiliated. Photograph: Eric Luke

Escapee Nadia Murad tells of Islamic State’s barbarous treatment of the Yazidis of Iraq

Rick Berry, a florist in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, voted for Donald Trump

Voters in Pennsylvania explain the appeal of the Republican president-elect

In an interview on Saturday, Donald Trump appeared to soften his stance on a number of sweeping campaign pledges. Photograph:  Mandel NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

President-elect indicates illegal immigrants, including many Irish, will be rounded up

US president-elect Donald Trump made the first senior appointments of his administration on Sunday, naming Reince Priebus (left) as his chief of staff and Steve Bannon (right) as his chief strategist and senior counsellor. File photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Appointment of Ryan ally likely to be welcomed by Republicans in Congress

President-elect Donald Trump says ‘What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records,...we are getting them out of our country’. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

‘Certain areas’ of Mexican border wall may be fence, US president-elect tells CBS

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: addressed €500-a-head Friends of Sinn Féin dinner in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Adams congratulates president-elect, pays tribute to defeated opponent Hillary Clinton

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

A crowd marches from New York’s Union Square to Trump Tower in protest over Donald Trump’s election. Photograph: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

By reshaping the electoral landscape, Donald Trump has also refashioned his party

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell escorts US president-elect Donald Trump and  his wife Melania Trump to a meeting at the  Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

If the president-elect sticks to his previous statements, he will upend the global order

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the election results as the US vice-president, Joe Biden, listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

President says he will work with Republican’s team to smooth transition

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speach after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York, the US. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Democrat says she hopes Trump ‘will be a president for all of the US’ in concession speech

Republican presidential elect Donald Trump (L) giving a speech during election night in New York. Photograph: Ngan Mandel/AFP/Getty Images

A timeline of how Trump did the unthinkable and defeated Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump greets supporters at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Rolling Stones song ‘You can’t always get what you want’ blares through sound system

The Clinton family walks on stage and is greeted by Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/Getty Images

Obamas, Springsteen and Bon Jovi come together in Philadelphia for closing pitch

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

A supporter holds up a sign as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida, on Monday.  Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Democrat and Trump make last-ditch effort to shore up votes on eve on election

 Hillary Clinton hugs eleven year-old Gabrielle Green during church services at Mt Airy Church of God in Christ  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

James Comey tells Congress review of new emails has ‘not changed our conclusions’

Mr Trump’s campaign portrayed his late move as a sign of their candidate’s bullishness, arguing Mrs Clinton remained vulnerable in apparently safe states. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Polls show Clinton still holding advantage in likely key states, despite narrowing lead

Santiago Portal, who migrated from Cuba 50 years ago, displaying a sign supporting Donald Trump in Little Havana during the Calle Ocho Festival, Miami, last March. Photograph:  Sean Drakes/Getty Images

Those who arrived in the US in the 1960s reject Democratic softening towards Cuba

Supporters listen to Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on Wednesday. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Republican nominee shows discipline and calls on Florida voters not to believe the polls

Bill Clinton on the campaign trail in Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Ex-president combines policy mastery with folksy anecdotes as he maintains low profile

Donna Hoak, a retiree from Pittsbugh who moved south to The Villages, the biggest retirement community in the United States, 11 years ago. Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

The biggest retirement community in the US is a microcosm of a changing society

Alina Fisk (4) wearing a Donald Trump cutout while costume shopping with her mother, Jamie, at Spirit Halloween in Port Richey, Florida. Photograph: Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times via AP

Blitz on Sunshine State reflects importance of diverse region with 29 electoral votes

Hillary Clinton: “It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election.” Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Campaign manager says move by James Comey an unprecedented action

The border fence between Mexico and the US at Sasabe. Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Weekend Read: Donald Trump wants a wall between the US and Mexico. In Arizona, locals say it won’t stop people-smuggling, drug mu(...)

People  cast their ballots on electronic voting machines on the first day of early voting  in Provo, Utah, this week. Utah’s six electoral votes,  normally a safe bet for the Republicans, are up for grabs in this year’s election because of the strong showing by independent candidate Evan McMullin. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images

State traditionally aligned with GOP sees support flow from Trump to Mormon ex-CIA man

Former CIA agent Evan McMullin talks to supporters after announcing his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate in August. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images

Shoestring campaign brings Evan McMullin, a Mormon, to brink of a famous upset in Utah

Hadi Naseredden (19), Zain Siddiqi (19) and Mariam Fayad (21). “If I’m driving, I’m always scared,” says Fayad. “If I see a car with a Trump sticker, and I know the gun laws are really loose in Arizona, I’m afraid for my life, honestly.” Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Wave of hate crimes and Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric taking heavy toll

Employees of Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump stand behind him in support at a campaign event at his Trump National Doral golf club in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republican US presidential candidate faces uphill battle to beat rival Clinton in key states

US first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally for  Hillary Clinton in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 20th. Photograph: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters

Hillary Clinton’s campaign blitzes state as it bids to copperfasten lead in polls

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump a rally on Saturday near the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, at which he said he planned to sue the women who have accused him of groping. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

ABC News poll gives Hillary Clinton lead of 12 percentage points among likely voters

First lady Michelle Obama arrives on stage prior to speaking during a rally for Hillary Clinton in Phoenix, Arizona, yesterday. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

Barack Obama had Springsteen but Hillary has chosen an even more appealing superstar

A protest sign by a line of taco trucks outside Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, where workers are in a labour dispute over wages and working conditions, October 19th, 2016. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

For low-paid staff, mostly women and immigrants, Trump win would be ‘nightmare’

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