New Zealand’s prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern entered parliament in 2008 at the age of 28 and took over the leadership of her party in July. Photograph: Mark Coote/Bloomberg

President is first head of state to meet Ardern, leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party

President Higgins and his wife Sabina meet Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner (l). Also pictured is IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Flight Centre has an annual turnover of €13.3bn

David Walsh, who runs software company CIM Enviro. Photograph: Alan Place

Two emigrants turned economic crisis at home into opportunity Down Under

President Michael D Higgins addresses an Irish diaspora reception in Warwick, Queensland, that some of his relatives attended. Photographs: Maxwells

President chokes up over ‘broken connection’ between separated families over years

During his  State visit to Australia, President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina visit the Irish Support Agency in Bondi, Sydney. Photograph: Maxwell’s

New emigrants to Australia see better life and career prospects despite recovery at home

President Michael D Higgins during a visit Warwick, Australia, to attend a reception for the Irish Diaspora. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President says he will have ‘a very clear view’ on whether to run again after potential visit

President  Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina  visit the Irish Support Agency in Bondi in Sydney Australia. Photograph: Maxwells

Irish group is teaching community how to spot mental health issues among vulnerable

 Traffic on  the  M50: The 45.5-kilometre  road  now carries an average  of 142,496 vehicles a day; up from 109,434 in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

On Dublin’s orbital route, journey times are getting steadily longer, and drivers have nowhere to go

Brianna Parkins as the Sydney Rose in 2016. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Brianna Parkins says she would ‘love to’ help pro-choice groups in run-up to referendum

Cycling on the Mayo Greenway, on the Wild Atlantic Way

Visitor numbers can keep rising if hotel shortfall is met, says Tourism Ireland chief

Mayo GAA footballer Cora Staunton and Alan McConnell, coach of Great Western Sydney Giants, at Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia at a Tourism Ireland event with President Michael D Higgins.

‘It is the draw of a new challenge as a sportsperson who wants to be challenged’

President Higgins is on a State visit to Australia. File photograph: The Irish Times

Policies driven by ‘ignorant, anti-migrant prejudice,’ President tells audience in Sydney

Alan Gaffney: “I just think they are very, very strong and they have got a lot of depth at the present time and full credit to the coaches all over the provinces.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Munster coach impressed with the strength in depth of Joe Schmidt’s squad

   The comedian Magda Szubanski,  who revealed she was gay in 2012, has become emotional in TV interviews during the campaign, talking about a lesbian friend who was forced to “stand outside and listen to the screams” of her terminally ill partner because they were not legally married.

Kath & Kim actor Magda Szubanski says ‘wedge politics’ poisoned debate Down Under

Deputy Irish PM Frances Fitzgerald, Sabina Coyne, Irish President Michael Higgins and ARU Chief Bull Pulver at Australia Rugby Union HQ in Sydney. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Australian rugby chief says Irish submitted ‘superb, quality bid’ for 2023 tournament

Simon Zebo is tackled during Ireland and Australia’s last meeting at the Aviva Stadium last year. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lansdowne Cup to be played for over three tests for first time in Australia in June

 Linda Burney:  first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives

First indigenous woman elected to parliament points to historical role of the Irish

President Michael D Higgins talks with New South Wales’ Governor David Hurley as they walk in the garden with Frances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney. Photograph: Steve Christo/Getty Images

Enterprise Ireland chief announces new deals in Australia for Irish companies Combilift and Akari

President Michael Higgins (centre) talks with New South Wales’ governor David Hurley(right) as they walk in the garden with TánaisteFrances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: AFP

Speaking from Australia President says ‘I don’t simply take up threats or hints or whatever’

Clare O’Neill died when a tree hit her car in Co Waterford and Michael Pike died while cutting a tree in Co Tipperary during Storm Ophelia

Higgins says his ‘heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones’, praises ESB workers

President  Michael D Higgins (L) shakes hands with the Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coch/Reuters/Pool

President speaks with Malcolm Turnbull about historic links between Ireland and Australia

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, meet Linda Dessau, governor of Victoria. Photograph: Maxwells

President recalls journey of 25,000 women ‘to other end of the Earth’

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins visit the Irish Australian Support and Resource Bureau (IASRB). With them, from left, are bureau members Cathy Mortell , Esme Friel and Anna Toner. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Older Irish bemoan lack of commitment of new arrivals to helping Irish community

Marguerite Hogg (46), from West Yorkshire, who is applying for an Irish passport following the Brexit vote.

Case study: Marguerite Hogg’s application for an Irish passport is being driven by Brexit

Simon Scotting with his Irish foreign birth registration document, in London, England.  Photograph: Andrew Wiard

UK residents are rushing to embrace their Irish roots in a bid to remain EU citizens

Tie-up was agreed in Melbourne and signed in the presence of President Michael D Higgins on Friday

Cubic’s mobile technology could connect up to 200,000 cars with VW in Telstra contract

The fourth formal day of engagements for President Michael D Higgins’ State visit to Australia was dominated by business and economics.

Higgins says international changes add new importance to overseas Irish trade missions

Portwest has been growing at a rate of 30 per cent a year and sells in 110 countries. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Family-owned Portwest spends nearly €10 million on second acquisition in six months

President Higgins said he was absolutely delighted to hear about the result during his State visit to Australia.

Higgins says team spirit from last two games will stand to players in World Cup playoffs

President Michael D Higgins being greeted by Minister for Environment   Stephen Dawson in Perth. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Local government minister, originally from Dublin, says Irish immigrants are from ‘all walks of life’

 President Michael D  Higgins after he received a Honorary Doctorate from pro-chancellor Penelope Flett at the University of Australia in Perth,  Australia. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Higgins says many who fled recent economic crisis found work in region’s mining boom

President Michael D Higgins addresses the Legislative Assembly in Parliament House in Perth, Western Australia, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Higgins says Irish in Australia were victims of prejudice but some inflicted injustice too

 President  Michael D Higgins is escorted by Labour MP Kate Doust into Parliament House in Perth, Western Australia, Australia today. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/EPA

Higgins concerned social media does not offer same accountability as traditional media

 President Michael D Higgins unveils a Famine memorial in Subiaco, Perth, Australia. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Higgins’s speech at a new Famine memorial in Perth emphasised contemporary parallels

President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and the Governor of Western Australia Kerry Sanderson during a welcome ceremony in Perth on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

Higgins clarifies remarks, says he is ‘not impediment’ to others running for Áras

 President Michael D Higgins with the governor-general of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove and Sabina Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin last month. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Focus is on strengthening economic, tourism, cultural and historical ties between the countries

 A man in a wheelchair is taken away from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after the attack in Las Vegas. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Outraged Democrats call for action in wake of worst mass shooting in modern US history

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy:  his report found that 39 departments had transferred their HR functions and 43 their payroll functions by the end of 2016.  Photograph: David Sleator

Personnel details, delays and errors in processing system are key systemic problems

The Picture Palace Cinema in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

State spending on beleaguered project hits €8.4m as comptroller criticises oversight

The Department of Justice spent €3.89 million on a leased building that was never occupied, a spending watchdog has found. Photograph: Google Street view

Comptroller & Auditor General finds Dublin building was leased but not occupied

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pilots claim they just want decent working conditions and normal contracts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary Horan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Collins Courts

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

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

US judge rules against developer after he disobeyed subpoena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheila Pratschke, chair of the Arts Council.

Committee welcomes decision to leave €2.7m stipend system unchanged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taoiseach and Prince Albert of Monaco speak at philanthropic organisation conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impending deportation of former local GAA chairman causes anxiety

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