Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May after talks at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Philip Toscano/Getty Images Stephen Collins: Varadkar right to defend Whelan move

Wobble on inherited appointment decision would have worsened bad situation

London visit: Theresa May looked at Leo Varadkar like he was the star of her own personal rom-com. Photograph:  Philip Toscano/WPA Pool/Getty Images Newton Emerson: DUP Tory deal will make NI politics more complicated

Opinion: Belfast Agreement requires the British government to act with impartiality

 Leo Varadkar appointed just three women as Ministers of State in his Cabinet reshuffle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times Una Mullally: Taoiseach needs to wake up to gender equality in Government

Although Varadkar likes to see himself in vein of Macron and Trudeau, he has fallen at first hurdle they bounded over

 Amazon is set to acquire high-end grocer Whole Foods Market  for $13.7bn. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Why is Amazon buying a supermarket chain?

Either Jeff Bezos has lost his bearings or many people think about Amazon in the wrong way

Máire Whelan, President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday during the  signing of  the warrant appointing Ms Whelan to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Echoes of Whelehan fiasco in Whelan judicial appointment

Judicial appointments board’s inertia exposed by elevation to Court of Appeal

 British prime minister Theresa May’s popularity ratings have plummeted to 34, roughly where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s were last November. Photograph: Getty Images Kathy Sheridan: May and Corbyn two sides of the same coin

Labour leader may have handled the Grenfell disaster better but he is flawed too

Had Thomas Power made it to Cork, he would most likely have had treatment to unblock his coronary arteries, known as angioplasty. Photograph: Alan Betson Ambulance death shows need for cardiac services in southeast

Thomas Power’s passing is evidence we lack resources to handle emergencies

“Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’ will now join the long list of ironic British euphemisms.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA UK politics has become a very British farce

Theresa May adrift without UK economic policy as Brexit negotiations begin

Military ships are seen during a naval exercise by US and Qatar troops in the Arabian Gulf, Qatar, June 16, 2017. Qatar has reason to be thankful for the large US military presence in the country. Were it not for that, the Qataris would be much more vulnerable to a Saudi-led military intervention. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon Gideon Rachman: The Qatar crisis has global implications

A security crisis in the Gulf state would be felt in boardrooms and finance ministries all over the world.

Minute’s silence for Grenfell Tower: right-wing sneering leads to the blackened cage of “the outrageous crematorium on the skyline” of west London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Fintan O'Toole: Trump and Brexit are the result when government stops helping people

Decades of deriding public service has led the UK and US into political anarchy

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images Varadkar and Donohoe should talk to Yanis Varoufakis

Ex-Greek finance minister lays bare lack of accountability in European machine

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves Finsbury Park mosque, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Visits last week by May and her colleagues to the Grenfell Tower disaster sites have been badly handled, ineffective and twitchy.  EPA/SEAN DEMPSEY Mathew d’Ancona: The Tories have learned nothing about compassion

The response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy represents a far more serious challenge to the party than the election result

Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone: Their 2006 legal case began a conversation about love, and what it meant to have that love recognised. Photograph: David Sleator Una Mullally: In praise of Ann Louise Gilligan

With Katherine Zappone she was the spark that lit Ireland’s marriage equality movement

One of the Borough Market attackers: Governments in the Middle East and North Africa must engage the conservative Muslim clerics within their own borders – the individuals responsible for filling young people’s heads with hatred. Photograph: Gabriele Sciotto/AP Middle East and African states must help Europe fight terror

Muslim states must try and talk to conservative clerics, not jail or torture them

Housing market: Surely, Irish citizens and consumers deserve more than shoddy State reports on mortgage interest rates. Melding consumer protection and competition policy mistaken

Mortgage market and lending issues expose flaw in creating single State agency

DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson, Nigel Dodds and Emma Pengelly emerge from 10 Downing Street on Thursday after after holding talks with Theresa May. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: DUP’s crush on Britain will end badly

Conservative party thinks of England as it clasps Democratic Unionists to its bosom

British prime minister Theresa May: before Brexit she predicted “Border controls” if the referendum was carried; now, she speaks disingenuously of a “frictionless” Border. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Diarmaid Ferriter: Ireland is back on the menu in Westminster

Will Theresa May’s newfound interest in Ireland pay dividends?

The young woman was in acute crisis and the psychiatrist judged that an abortion would not solve all her problems. This hints the crisis was not purely because of the pregnancy. It rarely is. Breda O’Brien: Questions remain about detained pregnant teenager

Outrage about detaining an expectant woman ignores possible consequences

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “The new Taoiseach needs to set Brexit preparation as the key economic priority.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg Cliff Taylor: Varadkar will find it hard to get stuff done

Political debate disappears down a rabbit hole each year as budget day approaches

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Will he rescind Máire Whelan’s appointment  and reopen the process? Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Máire Whelan appointment is Taoiseach’s first problem

Leo Varadkar response to controversy over Court of Appeal role will signal political path

Guangdong Communist Party secretary Hu Chunhua. One of the most influential people you’ve never heard of spent three days in Ireland last week. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images. Ruadhán Mac Cormaic: At the Brexit crossroads, go east

Government’s Brexit message differs in subtle but important ways depending on audience

Thirty people have been confirmed dead and dozens still missing after the 24-storey residential Grenfell Tower block in London was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images Could something like the Grenfell Tower fire happen in Ireland?

Many buildings constructed during last building boom did not comply with fire regulations

The newly elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with his predecessor Enda Kenny at Leinster House. Photograph: Maxwell Photography Oliver Callan: Varadkar’s next generation Fine Gael is the same as the old one

He is globalist, anti-abortion and fired a class missile with his anti-welfare fraud campaign

A Kurdish fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) fires a 120mm mortar round in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters Colum Kenny: What’s going on in Raqqa and Mosul?

Arab lives matter. So why are we not seeing more of the impact of fighting on civilians in these cities?

New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reshuffled his Cabinet. Noel Whelan: Varadkar reshuffle is one of the most startling ever

Contrary to media commentary, the Taoiseach may have overdone it in terms of changes

John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce on Sandymount Strand on the 50th-anniversary of Bloomsday, June 16th, 1954. Why we should stand up for Aosdána this Bloomsday

The artists’ association should not be attacked on the grounds of value for money

Outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan was nominated on Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley Attorney General controversy reveals Government’s hypocrisy

Máire Whelan’s appointment to the Court of Appeal undermines judicial reforms

Does banning polygamy actually harm women?

States that don’t recognise polygamous unions can deny women their matrimonial rights, and thereby reinforce the associated harm

Armed police stand over  one of the terrorists  shot at the scene of the attack outside Borough Market in central London on June 3rd. Photograph: Gabriele Sciotto/AFP/Getty Images Bart Somers: Eight ways to stop the spread of radical Islam in Irish cities

It is less difficult to prevent radicalisation than it is to try to de-radicalise an individual

Leo Varadkar after he was elected Taoiseach on Wednesday, at Leinster House.  Photograph: Collins Photos Can Leo Varadkar actually seize his opportunity?

It remains to be seen if the Taoiseach has the ability or temperament to achieve his goals

 Arlene Foster and her deputy, Nigel Dodds, arrive at 10 Downing Street for talks on a deal to prop up a Tory minority administration. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA The next loyalist death lands at Downing Street’s door

Unionist violence will no longer be compartmentalised following a DUP-Tory deal

A United Against Racism rally in Dublin last November calling for an end to the direct provision system for asylum seekers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Government must opt into EU directive on asylum seekers

Move would solve legal issue of access to employment for those in direct provision

More Women Need to Get Ready to Run for Election

Misperceptions about bias against female candidates are among the reasons women don’t run

Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – the novel about a totalitarian theocracy that has now been made into a TV series – is a regular visitor to Irish shores. Maybe she comes here for research. Photograph: George Kraychyk/Hulu Una Mullally: Another day, another Irish woman denied autonomy over her body

Problems with Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act dramatically highlighted this week

British prime minister Theresa May: a former minister was pleased to report May had “agreed to listen to all the wings of the party” on Brexit. Of the party, note. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA Kathy Sheridan: May should apologise to the people of Britain

Prime minster has shown contempt for the 48 per cent who voted Remain

DUP leader  Arlene Foster, signs a book of condolence for Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Hysterical reaction of British left to DUP is simplistic and naive

Arlene Foster is portrayed as a unionist ogre - but that’s to ignore history

DUP leader Arlene Foster  and UK prime minister Theresa May. The DUP  will not  accept policies to reduce state pension benefits or May’s reactionary “dementia tax”. Photograph: PA Wire Deal with DUP means London is no longer honest broker on North

Peter Hain says any May deal with the DUP is so damaging for the Belfast Agreement

Moral teaching: the media downplays Pope Francis’s teachings on the inviolability of all human life at all stages. Photograph: Patrícia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Sisters of Charity must reject any NMH deal that will destroy innocent life

In the post-truth era the Catholic Church is the greatest defender of truth and reason

DUP leader Arlene Foster and British prime minister Theresa May: “The biggest problem with the DUP’s insistence that Northern Ireland must not have special status is that it already does.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire Fintan O’Toole: Theresa May faces Irish obstacle on the Brexit tracks

Arlene Foster’s DUP will tie British government into believing three impossible things

While I have every sympathy for those with sick children, this does not extend to condoning any attempt to undermine a vaccine which will save the lives of thousands of patients in years to come Doctors should fight irrational movement against vaccination

Very few Irish doctors openly support any link between immunisation and children’s allowance

French President Emmanuel Macron waits for a guest at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Emmanuel Macron will offer no mercy to Theresa May

For the French president Brexit is looking increasingly like a historic opportunity rather than a cause for regret

Arlene Foster and the DUP pictured at Stormont.  Through long experience, the politicians of Northern Ireland are masters of power-sharing, deal-making and concession-squeezing. They will run rings round the Tories.  David Young/PA Wire Matthew d’Ancona: The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster will be running the UK.

Another election preferable to a Government propped up by a gang of homophobes, creationists and enemies of gender equality. Has the prime minister no shame?

British Labour Party supporters  at a general election campaign event in Wales. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA Una Mullally: Corbyn's success is a result of youth discontent

The British media and political establishment failed to predict a revolt by the young

Protesters  march against the Conservative  alliance with the DUP over the weekend. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images A DUP-Tory alliance could make unionism unacceptable

The deal would have implications for Brexit, Stormont and Northern Irish society

Talks are due to resume on Monday in Stormont against the background of much political uncertainty at Westminster. There is a big onus on the Irish Government to get seriously engaged, from the new Taoiseach down and to start working with parties, both individually and in groups, to hammer out a way forward, in conjunction with any new Secretary of State. PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images Ray Bassett: UK election leaves Irish Government with a weak hand in the North

Current Fine Gael administration has failed to cultivate either Sinn Fein or the DUP

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