Theresa May chairs her first Cabinet meeting. There were audible gasps in newsrooms and chancelleries all over the world when May appointed Boris Johnston as her foreign secretary. It seemed entirely illogical. Johnson was politically a busted flush. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/AFP/Getty Images Theresa May future-proofs herself against inevitable Brexit backlash

She has decided the Brexiteers should be beside her taking the flak for their overselling the benefits of leaving the EU

Millenials: Pensions is a boring topic - at least to anyone under 40. At 50 the topic becomes mildly interesting and at 60 it is riveting. David Begg: Millennials simply will not have enough to live on when they retire

Relying entirely on tax incentivised market solutions has not provided the pensions coverage or adequacy citizens need

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties: He said that the prospect of a future Border poll on the re-unification of Ireland should be included as part of the negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom on the Britain’s departure from the bloc. Photograph: North West Newspix Colum Kenny: Now is not the time to talk about Border polls

By raising the spectre of a united Ireland at this sensitive time nationalist leaders indulged themselves while achieving nothing

Oxford University: Academics are highly mobile in pursuit of the environment in which they can best realise their research ambitions. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images) Brexit difficulty of British universities is Ireland’s opportunity

Irish colleges can take funding and staff from the UK if we move quickly

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour party, leaves after launching his leadership campaign at the Institute of Education in London, U.K., on Thursday, July 21, 2016.  Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg Jeremy Corbyn simply does not have what it takes to be prime minster

He is a compassionate and committed conviction politician who obviously has the public good at heart. But that is not enough.

Protest signs at the commencement ceremony at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California. Photograph: Getty Images I just have a few questions about rape culture. . .

Women are obliged to ask themselves many things in a world controlled by men

The Taoiseach and three ministers were present at the launch of the housing plan and there were name checks to thank no less than three other ministers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Conor Skehan: Housing plan shows welcome signs of joined-up thinking

Emphasis on long-overdue home supply welcome but rental sector needs attention

With Angela Merkel all but ruling out Ireland getting special status in Brexit negotiations, it is imperative the Irish Government starts manoeuvring through the narrow corridors under Big Ben. Photograph: PA Brexit: Time to start working the lobbies and corridors of Westminster

Recruiting sympathetic backbenchers just as important as having front bench onside

In the past month, the euro has varied against the pound by 13.2 per cent. The exchange rate is the real hard border. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images Newton Emerson: Will a return to the pound be the price of Irish unity?

As in Scotland, nationalists can win that vote if they persuade a relatively small chunk of the electorate that their money is safe

A man carries flowers that were left in tribute at makeshift memorials to the victims of the truck attack to place them with bouquets and candles along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet  Lack of empathy, not Isis, is the thread that links Nice and German train killers

This essential human attribute may well be the key to thwarting extremist recruitment

“There is some recognition of the need to avoid mistakes made in the past, notably the construction of vast single-class social housing estates that have taken decades to mature”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times  Frank McDonald : Coveney housing plan shows modest ambition

Frank McDonald casts a cold eye on this latest initiative and its chance of success

The Picnic to Discuss Brexit: Generation Snowflake went to London’s Green Park to express their anger at Brexit. They forgot only 36 per cent of them bothered to vote. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Brian Boyd: The petulant adult-children of Generation Snowflake have a point

For all their daft Pollyanna nonsense, at least they realise that people really do matter

The Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness was launched by Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. It does a good job of using the public funding which is available to best effect.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Michelle Norris: Action plan must deliver on social housing targets

Subsidies for renters and first-time buyers will push up prices if new houses not built

European Commission translators at work: Sad and all as Brexit is, it opens up opportunities in the EU institutions for Irish citizens. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images English will remain the working language of the EU after Brexit

English allowed the Polish official talk to her Italian colleague who in turn needed to seek advice, in English, from their Finnish boss

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he arrives to introduce his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) David Brooks: Trump getting even Trumpier!

Longstanding Trump patterns have gone into hyperdrive and his mental stability is the dominating subject of conversation

Workers move sacks of emergency food supplies in and out of Ethiopia’s largest ‘strategic grain reserve’ depot in Adama, on February 13, 2016. Ethiopia is in the grip of an El Nino drought with 10.2 million people - 10 per cent of the population - needing food aid. (Photo credit  COLIN COSIER/AFP/Getty Images) Mary Robinson: Climate change compounds El Nino drought in Africa

In an increasingly fractured world, the impacts of climate change hammer home the fact that we are interconnected.

The aftermath of the 1998 Omagh bombing: “Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich, for example, could benefit from a crash course in the Troubles to remind them that Isis no more equals Islam that the UDA equals Protestantism or the IRA Catholicism.” Photograph: Frank Millar/The Irish Times Fintan O’Toole: Ireland can shape debate on terrorism in Europe

Our communities have generated resilient and effective terrorist organisations

“The number of addicts and people with psychiatric issues sleeping rough on our streets seems larger.” Photograph: The Irish Times Pastsy McGarry: Growth in charities and homeless crisis

Time for State to consider creating much needed and appropriate institutional care

Police officers stand near the scene of where three police officers were killed  on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Obama must also speak up for the victims of police violence

President eulogises the slain Dallas police officers even as he’s never done so for victims of police killing across the nation

A man wears a flag bearing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s face during a rally two nights after a coup attempt in Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: Nicole Tung/The New York Times Stephen Starr: Erdogan emerges stronger from failed insurrection

Western leaders and rights groups are now calling for support for Turkey’s elected president

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, ‘probably the most credible social commentator of the Irish left’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Joe Humphreys: How the left can rise again - in three easy steps

Values, free enterprise and religion can all play a part in winning over the voters

 People attend a funeral of Omer Can Katar who was killed in a coup attempt on 16 july, at Fatih Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 July 2016. EPA/SEDAT SUNA Aftermath of Turkey coup attempt will be bloody and repressive

Turkey was already undergoing a slow-motion coup – by Erdogan, not the army

At 6.31am on Friday 24 June, just over an hour after the result of the EU referendum had become clear, Ukip leader Nigel Farage conceded that a post-Brexit UK would not in fact have £350m a week spare to spend on the NHS – a key claim of Brexiteers that was even emblazoned on the Vote Leave campaign bus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Katharine Viner: How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

 NAMA at the Treasurry Building .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES John McManus: Nama’s worst nightmare comes a step closer

Reluctance to face up to Project Eagle fiasco may cost agency dearly

The French flag waves at half-mast on the roof of the French embassy in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Soeren Stache/EPA Michael O’Loughlin: Nice attack is an assault on Europe

Every European has two homelands: the country he is born in, and France

British prime minister Theresa May in the garden of 10 Downing Street: Her new cabinet has fewer privately educated ministers than any since Clement Atlee’s in 1945. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/AFP/Getty Images Denis Staunton: Theresa May has a radical agenda for Britain

Prime minister has outsourced early stages of the Brexit negotiations to the Brexiteers

“We are told that no A&E services can be cut in any hospitals, despite a report saying that in some cases patients would be better served if this happened and resources concentrated elsewhere.” Photograph by Frank Miller Cliff Taylor: Political will for hard choices is as real as 26 per cent growth

A central feature of the new politics is never making a decision on anything if it can possibly be avoided

One of the reasons the Taoiseach has a secure majority in the parliamentary party is that more than half of the TDs are office holders of one kind or another: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Stephen Collins: Kenny sees off the rebels with ease

Taoiseach given the room to make his own decision about the best time to announce his departure

French flags fly at half-staff as a boat patrols near the site where a truck barreled for more than a mile through a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks the night before, in Nice, France, July 15, 2016.  (Dmitry Kostyukov/The New York Times) Agnès Poirier: Even after all France has endured the attack on Nice is a huge shock

It is French society, not just the police, that must fight radical Islamist ideology

A woman arrives with a stuffed toy and a bouquet of flowers as people pay tribute near the scene where a truck ran into a crowd at high speed killing scores and injuring more who were celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday, in Nice, France. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters Fintan O’Toole: There is a way to beat terror seen in Nice

The line between an open, democratic and civilised society and its nihilistic opponents is defined by terror and pity

A child runs among containers at the port of Piraeus, where nearly 1,500 refugees and migrants live at a makeshift camp or in passenger areas, in Athens on July 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis Out of Syria: I am being relocated to France

A new future is front of me. It is my new reality. It is, nonetheless, a shock.

Enda Kenny’s decision to reappoint Senator James Reilly as deputy leader of Fine Gael is one of a number of moves that undermined his position in recent weeks. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times Noel Whelan: Silly errors bring Enda Kenny’s leadership back into focus

Fine Gael would be wise to learn from recent party upheaval in British politics

‘Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was against the Iraq war, could become prime minister as the British people have become tired of the endless war on offer from the Tories’. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images Jeremy Corbyn will win Labour leadership contest and be prime minister

Social media has undermined power of corporate media to determine election results

The process of government under Theresa May (right) will become more formal and be better for it. In temperament she is not too far from Germany’s Angela Merkel. Photo credit:  OLI SCARFF,THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images Theresa May (and Angela Merkel) should play Brexit long game

Mrs May will be told by the Brexiters to get on with it: the prime minister should ignore the pleas

Alpha jets fly over the Arc de Triomphe leaving a red, white and blue trail during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris. EPA/IAN LANGSDON It’s Bastille Day: Time to think about all the things the French have got right

Every European has two homelands: the country he is born in, and France

The huge bonfire in the Shankill Road in Belfast is lit on the “Eleventh night” to usher in the Twelfth commemorations. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire Newton Emerson: Bonfires are now more about underclass defiance than loyalism

Middle class unionism has drifted away from 12th bonfires making them someone elses problem

Perinatal hospice care gives parents the gift of time with their baby, and when you’ve been told that your child may not live for long , time is all-important. Abortion not the only answer to life-limiting conditions

It would be inspirational if even a fraction of the energy spent promoting abortion was given to establishing proper perinatal care

Ireland can be world leader in climate smart agriculture

Technologies and farming practices to reduce input use, improve farm income and reduce emissions must be built upon

The danger for opposition figures in education has always been to over promise and that especially is the case in the area of funding for higher education.  Photograph: Frank Miller. Why this Dáil may actually grasp the nettle of higher education funding

Richard Bruton has made it clear that the report is now very much the property of the Education Committee

Paul Klebnikov: This week the US Department of State (Paul was a New Yorker of Russian lineage) called for an end to “the culture of impunity” seemingly afforded those responsible for his death. File photograph: Misha Japaridze/AP Brian Boyd: They shot my friend four times for writing about what matters

A few days after he wrote about the 100 wealthiest people in Russia someone in a Lada with tinted windows shot Paul Klebnikov dead

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during a news conference in London on July 6, 2016, following the outcome of the Iraq Inquiry report. STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images For all the sound and fury Chilcot Report changes nothing

Findings do not carry any legal weight or compel any criminal proceedings against Blair and his administration

 (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) John Horgan: How Facebook and Google are killing independent journalism

Behemoths will have to be regulated or broken up if the public interest is to be protected

Angela Eagle, left,  is mounting her challenge to Corbyn’s leadership with the party on a bizarre seesaw: as its membership rises, so its support in the country falls. LEON NEAL,DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images Polly Toynbee: Labour goes to war as the Tories close ranks

The party is in freefall, but those facts make no impression on Labour’s new members

Not only does the final “Privacy Shield” use the exact same wording on mass surveillance laws as Safe Harbor, the US now even admits that it will continue to collect personal data stemming from Europe in bulk. Privacy Shield: The new EU rules on transatlantic data sharing will not protect you

Albrecht and Schrems say new regime likely to fall foul of EU Court of Justice in same way as Safe Harbor

Former British Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: People need hope, not ‘hopeitude’

Opportunistic politicians are promoting a discourse based on unrealistic optimism

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