A Jewish woman named Renee Rachel Black and a Muslim man named Sadiq Patel at floral tributes in Albert Square in Manchester. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters Marie Murray: How to make sense of the Manchester bomb

As public spaces become dangerous each of us has an emotional response to this tragedy

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick originally faced 27 charges. Photograph: Collins FitzPatrick trial undermined by evidential flaws

A biased investigation into the former Anglo Irish Bank chairman led to acquittal

An injured woman is helped away from the scene in Manchester following an IRA bomb blast in June 1996. File photograph: Malcolm Croft/PA Manchester faces uncertainty after its darkest night

The Manchester Arena bombing will dwarf the legacy of the 1996 IRA attack in the city

A woman becomes emotional as she looks at flowers left in St Ann Square after the bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people. Photograph: Getty Fintan O’Toole: Killing is easy, living decently in the face of it is hard

Manchester attack shows if you want to force horror into people’s minds, it is better to attack children

A man photographs a sign in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Owen Jones: Manchester is suffering now – but its spirit will overcome this atrocity

The love and solidarity of Mancunians shone through in their immediate response to the Arena attack. Let’s celebrate the city’s warmth and diversity

Sister Cathy Cesnik disappeared one evening in 1969 – the suggestion in ‘The Keepers’ is that she was murdered because she had discovered what Maskell was up to and threatened to expose him The Keepers shows the struggle between good and evil in the church

Netflix documentary speaks to Ireland’s uncertain relationship to Catholicism

Under scrutiny: The publication of Facebook’s minimalist and often confusing moderation guidelines will add to the swelling chorus from those calling for the network to be held more accountable for the content it hosts.  File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters Facebook guidelines offer disturbing insight into moderation policy

Social media giant says videos of physical abuse and self-harm can be permissible

A statue of Robert E Lee is removed from  a 70ft column at a prominent traffic circle in New Orleans, May 19th, 2017. Opposition to the removal of the statue and three others symbolic of the Confederacy has been intense; the state legislature passed a law in an attempt to thwart the removals, and contractors involved have been threatened. Photograph: Edmund D Fountain/New York Times How the swastika became a Confederate flag

American racism played role in notorious Nuremberg Laws of 1935, which set Germany on the road to Holocaust

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Fruit in Hull, on the General Election campaign trail.  Chris Radburn/PA Wire Jeremy Corbyn has defied his critics to become Labour’s best hope of survival

His anti-austerity manifesto has been therapeutic, renewing his party’s identity and sense of moral purpose

Company records from 2015 make it clear that only 1.2 per cent of people working for nonprofits are paid more than €70,000, compared with 12.8 per cent of the workforce at large. Charity sector suffers unfairly from groundless myths

Administration costs of Irish charities remain in line with international norms

A mock customs post set up by anti-Brexit campaigners at Ravensdale, Co Louth, last February to highlight concerns about trade. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire Don’t believe Tory claims there will be no hard Border

Idea that EU will make special case for North over customs control is far-fetched

Candidates for the Fine Gael leadership Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Una Mullally: Fine Gael rules unchallenged as cowed Labour stays mute

Directionless Labour is failing to cut through former coalition partner’s simplistic slogans

British prime minister Theresa May. “Until now, May kept the door to the customs union slightly ajar. The manifesto slammed it shut.” Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters Conservative manifesto maps out hard Brexit

World View: Hopes fade that May will soften approach if she gets large majority

“Much routine care happens in acute hospitals, while GPs are underused and under-resourced. There’s little effective integration between primary and secondary care.” Photograph: Getty Images Irish healthcare can be fixed if we find the moral courage

We need to move care out of private and acute hospitals into lower-cost services

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to get an annual pension of €126,000 and an up-front lump sum of €378,000 when he retires as a TD. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Our politicians win on the double when they get their pensions

Favourable tax treatment enhances generous terms for retiring politicians

“The smell from butchers’ shops was the worst.” Photograph: iStock Breda O’Brien: I can’t remember labour but I’ll never forget the vomiting

Hyperemesis, a condition of pregnancy, is like having a bad vomiting bug – for months

Kenny did what no other Fine Gael taoiseach has done by winning a second consecutive term in office Diarmaid Ferriter: There was more to Kenny’s success than luck

Kenny as Taoiseach mostly presided and chaired rather than initiated

Leo Varadkar: “Appears to have an unstoppable momentum at this stage.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne Varadkar best positioned in this anti-political age

Appearing as candidate of change entails expectation that menu of change will follow

In October 2013,  when the results of the Seanad abolition referendum was announced, Kenny promised  he would reform the Upper House. He didn’t mean it, and  did everything possible to avoid doing so Noel Whelan: Kenny more cunning than many suspected

Former FG leader on several occasions showed a determination to stay in power

Dean Scurry, who was criticised on Twitter for the name of his podcast, Pow Wow with Dean. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Identity politics is utterly ineffective at anything other than dividing people

It is facile to equate ‘straight, white men’ with privilege

Besides having access to an endless amount of material online, students of some social classes have experienced friends and parents who can lend a hand with continuous assessment assignments. Photograph: Getty Colum Kenny: Written exams would stump internet cheats

Government plans to tackle online ‘essay mills’ fall well short of powers needed to level the playing field in our educational system

Renay Davis holds up a sign showing support for Chelsea Manning in the Castro District of San Francisco, California on May 17, 2017, during a celebration for Manning’s release.   JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images Chelsea Manning’s release is the inspiring proof: we can overcome

Chelsea has taught me that no matter how huge the obstacles to social and political change may seem, when people come together nothing is impossible

Departing Taoiseach Enda Kenny photographed in Dublin on Monday. “He bounds out of office with that cheese-wire cut grin of his, ever youthful and excited about the glow of three-pension heaven that awaits him.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne Oliver Callan: Why I won’t miss the accidental Taoiseach

Enda Kenny squandered majority and focused on trivia and spin

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney (left) and  Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Stephen Collins: New FG leader must keep Independents on side

Good chance of instability before new FG leader makes it to the Taoiseach’s office

Hong Kong: the city  is rated one of the least corrupt places on earth, with a lower risk of commercial bribery than Norway. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images Newton Emerson: A Chinese lesson for Coveney

Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency serves as a model for Minister’s campaign centrepiece

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 Russian revelations reveal a president out of his depth

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

Salvador Sobral’s Eurovision victory on Saturday was marked by modesty and generosity. “Just a boy in his bedroom singing a song written by his sister,” as Graham Norton put it.  Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images Eurovision tells us everything about the state of Europe

Irish hubris, Portuguese charm and British arrogance were all in the contest’s limelight

“It is business as usual with house prices being squeezed up, loose bank lending and incentives for first-time buyers.” Photograph: Alan Betson Why we keep making the same mistakes over housing

John McManus: Politicians and builders are united in need for rising house prices

Arlene Foster told the BBC in February she did not even know how much the mystery donor had given the party.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire What connects Brexit, the DUP, dark money and a Saudi prince?

The story of a massive donation to the DUP is like a John le Carré novel – but voters need facts, not fiction

Enda Kenny with Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte in The Hague last  month. File photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo Ireland may have to sacrifice sacred cows to survive Brexit

State must reconsider corporate tax breaks and neutrality for the sake of our EU future

Patricia Towey, centre,  is information and services co-ordinator of the Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Pope to meet world’s largest gathering of people with Huntington’s disease

Vatican event will include people from Ireland who suffer from the disorder

TDs Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry hold signs saying “Separate church and state” during Dáil prayers. Photograph: RTÉ/Oireachtas TV We deserve a secular State for a pluralist people

Ireland’s population has moved on from the church but our politicians have not

Google has an 88 per cent market share in search advertising. Facebook (including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp) controls more than 70 per cent of media on mobile devices. Amazon has a 70 per cent share of the ebook market. Silicon Valley has too much power

There is already a conversation in Washington about whether monopoly and antitrust law needs to be rethought for the digital age

European Union chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier (second from left) visiting the Border last week. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters Northern Ireland is EU’s business in Brexit negotiations

Peace process and impact on Republic make North a critical issue in EU bargaining

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: detached and dismissive. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Varadkar browbeats us all on welfare problems

Minister tone deaf on payment delays, community employment and fraud

Emmanuel Macron’s  decision to put European issues centre stage in debates with Marine Le Pen politicises them beyond French borders for Europeans made more aware of possible disintegration by Brexit and Donald Trump. Photograph: Getty Images Germany must meet Macron’s demands or see Le Pen win next time

Chance to revive constructive politics at European level and confront populists

Trinity College Dublin: O’Malley’s plan, announced in 1967, to merge UCD and TCD was defeated. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Diarmaid Ferriter: So, what is a university for?

Can a university have a soul and be driven by priorities other than rankings?

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief negotiator on Brexit, with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters We cannot rely on Brussels to fight our corner in Brexit talks

Ireland needs to be Brexit peacemaker to keep talks on track and prevent collapse

Abhaile chairperson Ita Mangan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar  and Abhaile chief executive Angela Black. Restructuring voluntary advice bodies is arrogant and unwise

Citizens’ information services and Mabs face change to top-down organisations

“Liam Doran, the canny boss of the nurses’ union, exploded onto the airwaves during the chocolates row.” Photograph: Eric Luke Our politicians will have to get better at saying no

Standing up to vested interests necessary for political system to work

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: hoping to avoid big rise in public pay levels. Photograph: Collins Jim O’Leary: Taxpayers should be unhappy with pay commission report

Value of public service pensions not properly taken into account

Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald, Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar: party leadership contests are personality contests rather than competitions about policy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Noel Whelan: Fine Gael leadership campaign will be an emotional family affair

Party campaigns are personality contests rather than competitions about policy

Minister for Health Simon Harris and National Maternity Hospital (NMH) master Rhona Mahony with a model of the proposed new NMH at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne New maternity hospital will be Europe’s biggest birth factory

Industrialised and interventionist childbirth facilities fly in face of women’s human rights

The vultures clean up our debt overhang and allow us to get on with life. Photograph: iStock Vulture funds are part of the solution, not the problem

Today, across Ireland, deals are being done by such funds that allow people to move on

Cue the national self-flagellation. “Mortified,” we were. Was ‘Father Ted’ really a comedy or a documentary? Fry blasphemy brouhaha has exposed our post Catholic neurosis

The backlash was mostly about acting out the ritualised shame of being from a persecuted, backward little country

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