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

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, speaks during a TV interview in the US this week. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister to meet Wilbur Ross, US commerce secretary to discuss policy issues

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Rex Tillerson accuses Tehran of ‘intensifying conflicts’ as nuclear deal may be revoked

At a ceremony in the White House on Thursday, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order directing a review  of steel imports. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Review could lead to protectionist tariffs and escalate trade tensions with China

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy: there is no indication that London is emerging as a possible rival to Ireland for US technology companies.

Ireland to be main regulator for most of the US tech companies operating in Europe

The USS Carl Vinson, accompanied by, from left, the USS Michael Murphy and Lake Champlain,  in the Indian Ocean on April 14th. Photograph: US department of defence via the New York Times

Administration denies misleading media over fleet that was travelling in opposite direction

Democratic US House of Representatives candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to supporters during a special election night party in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: EPA

Failure to secure ‘safe’ seat fuels GOP fears about impact of Donald Trump’s low ratings

A woman hands out a small card with Bill O’Reilly’s face in front of Fox News Channels’ studios during a protest calling on the network to fire O’Reilly. Photograph: EPA

Murdoch-owned channel bows to advertiser and viewer pressure and dismisses veteran host

Death-penalty protest: demonstrators in Arkansas this week. Photograph: Tamir Kalifa/New York Times

Don Davis stay delays plan to kill prisoners before stock of lethal drug expires

 Donald Trump: The US president and his administration have made a dizzying shift in foreign policy. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The bombing of Syria and Afghanistan has left many people nervous

The eight men scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Arkansas, beginning on April 17th. The Arkansas Supreme Court has now halted the execution of Bruce Earl Ward (top right). Photograph: Arkansas Department of Corrections/via Reuters

America Letter: Make-up of supreme court will be critical in future of capital punishment

A GBU-43  MOAB: The  weapon fired   on Thursday targeted a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in the mountainous eastern province of Nangarhar near the border with Pakistan. Photograph: EPA/Department of Defense

Strike comes as US president Donald Trump sends delegation to Kabul

Undated file image courtesy the US Air Force shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb. Photograph: US Air Force handout/AFP/Getty Images

Deployment of GBU-43 is first combat use of US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb

President Donald Trump and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a joint news conference in the White House in Washington. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Moscow rejects calls by United States to withdraw support for Syrian president

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following their meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Moscow calls for investigation into Syrian gas attack which UN believes president ordered

Russian president Vladimir Putin: described the chemical attack in Syria as a “provocation” by opponents of the Damascus government. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Tillerson in Moscow amid escalating tensions between old adversaries

White House press secretary Sean Spicer  has attracted strong criticism after comparing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House spokesman had claimed German leader did not use gas on his own people

US ambassador to the UN and UN Security Council president Nikki Haley at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria in New York last week. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

US ambassador is in the spotlight but she has not always seen eye to eye with her boss

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel (left) and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, in Lucca, Italy, on Monday. Photograph:  Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of state says US will hold to account those who commit crimes against humanity

The Singapore-based USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and several smaller vessels sail towards the Korean Peninsula, amid concerns that Pyongyang could be preparing to launch a sixth nuclear test. Photograph: EPA

Rex Tillerson issues warning as US warships move towards North Korean waters

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley sought to link the military strikes to the chemical attack and insist that there had been no change in US policy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US ambassador to the UN stresses main priority is tackling Islamic State in region

President Donald Trump with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Airfield bombing draws widespread support from Republicans, Democrats and liberal media

A man watches US president Donald Trump announcing US strikes in Syria, on a television screen in Moscow, Russia.  Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Trump will learn there are no easy answers to the Syrian conflict

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, where she defended t Donald Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes against Syrian targets. Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Russia denounces US military air strikes and pledges to bolster Syrian army defences

US president Donald Trump:  In the hours preceding the missile strike on the Shayrat airfield in western Syria, the Trump administration delivered its strongest criticism yet of Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Republicans and Democrats back decision but want details on long-term plan for Syria

Judge Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing on March 22nd. He was confirmed on Friday by 54 votes to 45, after three Democrats voted in favour of the Republican president’s nominee. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Appointment after fractious partisan battle restores 5-4 conservative majority to court

A handout photo from the US Department of Defense from April 7th, 2017 shows an aerial view of the al-Shayrat Airfield near Homs, Syria, which was attacked in a US missile strike on Friday morning.

Analysis: Last week Trump appeared to accept ‘political reality’ of Bashar al-Assad in power

Image released by the US navy on, April 7th, 2017. Photograph: Ford Williams/AFP/ US navy

Trump ups stakes as US tomahawk cruise missiles destroy at least 14 Syrian aircraft

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson with Chinese president Xi Jinping after he arrived at Palm Beach International Airport today. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

US secretary of state: Washington mulling ‘appropriate response’ after chemical attack

Members of Democracy Spring demonstrating against the supreme court nomination of Neil Gorsuch being taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. Photograph:  Eric Thayer/Reuters

Trump’s supreme court pick set to be confirmed after Democratic filibuster overturned

US president Donald Trump is due to meet China’s leader Xi Jinping. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Tensions rise as South Korea test-launches ballistic missile capable of reaching North

A woman holds a Chinese newspaper with a picture of US president Donald Trump at a news stand in Shanghai. Photograph: Getty

China, the EU and the Middle East all on president’s radar

US president Donald Trump with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at  a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House, where Kenny stressed the two-way nature of Irish-US trade. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Pharmaceutical sector vulnerable if US president gets tough on trade

US president Donald Trump speaking at a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

President says his attitude to Syrian leader has changed following chemical attack

 Bill O’Reilly at his studio at Fox News in New York in  December 2012. Photograph: Robert Wright/New York Times

Fox News presenter faces calls to resign as advertisers withdraw support for his show

 Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner during last month’s visit of German chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. The couple are believed to be a calming presence on the president. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Donald Trump’s son-in-law has been the key figure in relationships with China and Israel

As Senator Al Franken looks on, Senator Chris Coons speaks during a meeting of the US Senate judiciary committee  to discuss  the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court. Photograph: Reuters/Aaron P Bernstein

Move to change rules, from 60-40 majority to simple majority, could now be invoked

Michael Flynn: Donald Trump’s former  national security adviser has “a story to tell” amid reports that Flynn is willing to testify about ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Ousted official offers to testify on US election interference in exchange for immunity

 US speaker of the House Paul Ryan: forced into ignominious retreat last week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

When their big moment came to ditch Obamacare, president and Paul Ryan fumbled

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager: last year’s record EU ruling against Apple’s tax arrangements with Ireland loomed large over her US  visit. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

EU treaties gave commission rules to tackle state aid in all its forms, says commissioner

US president Donald Trump signing two executive orders today - one announcing a study into unfair trade practices, the second ordering the collection of duties from countries selling products into the United States at low prices. Photograph: New York Times

Pharma main driver behind State exporting $36bn more to America than it takes in

US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan during a press conference on Thursday, in which he said he understood President Donald Trump’s frustration at last week’s failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President vows to fight Republicans who did not back healthcare act as travel ban suffers blow

 House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes:  it recently emerged he had received  information allegedly germane to the inquiry in the grounds of the White House but it is not clear how he obtained clearance to be there. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

Pressure increases on committee chairman who worked on Trump campaign to quit

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order on “energy independence”, eliminating Barack Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at  Environmental Protection Agency  headquarters in Washington, US. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president orders EPA to start legal process of revoking Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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

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