Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: US president Donald Trump’s  decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  made it impossible for the Palestinian Authority under Abbas to sit down at the negotiating table. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

It is time to plan for a new process once Trump leaves office

 Tunisians wave national flags during a celebration to mark the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis last month. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Struggling country is shining example to rest of world but needs assistance

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: following budget negotiations with the finance ministry, Israel plans to close seven diplomatic missions over the next three years. Photograph: Jim Hollander

To reduce costs, Dublin placed on potential closure list of seven, Israeli paper reports

The Great Siege monument in Valletta, Malta, was turned into a shrine for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia after she was killed by a car bomb last October. Photograph: Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

The focus on the US president’s threats to the media distracts from deadly challenges elsewhere

President Donald Trump, flanked by interior secretary Ryan Zinke, secretary of state Rex Tillerson, and defence secretary James Mattis. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

On a range of issues, Washington continues to say one thing and do another

Saudi crown prince: Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/Saudi royal palace/AFP

More conflict looks likely as a stable Iran faces a belligerent Saudi regime

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. They  appear to have made progress on the sale of an advanced Russian S-400 air missile defence system to Turkey. Photograph: Getty Images

US retreat has allowed Russia to spread its influence on a scale not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Attending the African summit would have been a way for Varadkar to signal that Ireland was taking an active interest in EU affairs beyond its own backyard. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit has shone an unflattering light on Dublin’s relationship-building skills

The EU Division has returned to Iveagh House and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most powerful people in the Cabinet.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Iveagh House excels at big issues such as UN and EU. Brexit will focus its energies

President Michael D Higgins meeting refugees at the Goal nutrition centre in Tierkadi Refugee Camp, during his visit to  Ethiopia in 2014. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell

The professionalisation of aid, and its concentration in a small number of mega-NGOs, has caused its own problems

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Government ministers tend not to speak any foreign languages. Mr Varadkar has twice gone to Downing Street but has yet to pay a visit to Paris or Berlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tight links to Anglosphere have blinded Ireland to other political and trade avenues

French president Emmanuel Macron gives a statement at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

World View: French leader’s bold initiative may drive the next phase of the EU

Aung San Suu Kyi delivering the speech in which she refused to criticise the military. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

The weak response from the Nobel laureate to ethnic cleansing of Rohingya is grotesque

Members of the Halawa family – Nosayba, Omaima (with her baby Abdullah), Khadija, Fatima and Somaia – celebrate at home in Dublin after hearing news of their brother Ibrahim’s acquittal in Cairo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Family and Government differed on strategy at times during four-year legal saga

Trumpian agenda:  Budapest has erected a fence along its eastern border to keep migrants out of the country. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty

World View: Europe’s leaders remain silent on the authoritarian drift in their ranks

Ibrahim Halawa: physical and mental health has deteriorated in detention

Senior figures believe 21-year-old Irish man could be back in Ireland within weeks

United Nations Security Council meeting at its headquarters in New York: Away from winding corridors, the real election deals will be struck  in expensive restaurants and in theatres and bars around the world.

World View: UN ethical values must not be neglected in Ireland’s quest for a seat

The usual channel of communication between the Four Courts and Merrion Street is the Association of Judges of Ireland

Letter regarding planned reforms carries more weight than usual channel partly because it’s so rare

Hillary Clinton, when she was US secretary of state, proposed integrating women and girls into everything her department did. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Gender equality is not only a moral imperative, it’s also smart realpolitik

‘Almost every week for the past year, Donald Trump has said or done things that would have finished another politician.’ Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The president is pushing up against document’s boundaries - and may reveal its flaws

Susan Denham made her final appearance on the Supreme Court bench on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: The outgoing Chief Justice has reached the end of a remarkable career

 Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke pictured in the Four Courts after the announcement that he is to be appointed as the new chief justice. Photograph: Collins Courts

Analysis: Ruadhán MacCormaic on what new chief justice Frank Clarke will bring to role

Frank Clarke: he was the first member of his family to go to university

Shane Ross said to be ‘satisfied’ with process for appointing new chief justice

Peter Kelly: a dominant presence in the judiciary for many years

Chief Justice candidate appointed head of High Court in 2015

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan  and  Chief Justice Susan Denham at  the annual report of the Courts Service for 2016 in  Smithfield. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Chief Justice Susan Denham to step down after six years as head of judiciary

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell: a reputation for sharp reasoning and  elegant writing

Second most senior member of Supreme Court seen as socially liberal and elegant writer

Mr Justice Frank Clarke: first member of his family to go to university

Chief Justice candidate has series of important judgments to his name

Ian Bailey: French tribunal likely to go ahead in his absence. Photograph: Collins Courts

Charlie Flanagan ‘obliged’ by law to apply for extradition order on foot of European warrant

Goal finds itself in a better position today than when the merger talks began in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scale and diversity of both aid agencies ‘best served by operating as two distinct entities’

Taksim Square: a man puts the finishing touches on a painting depicting Turkey’s attempted coup of July 15th, 2016. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

World View: Now unassailable, President Erdogan has purged any and all ‘threats’

Irish man Ibrahim Halawa has been in jail in Cairo for three and a half years after being arrested  in August 2013  during protests in Egypt

Simon Coveney told of passport application surge from Britain and Northern Ireland

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president: “A technocratic ex-investment banker who embodies the French elite.” Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Threat to western idea of progress comes from within, a new book argues

“If you were to be asked to come up with a way not to design a piece of legislation, this would be it.” Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Appointments process could be fixed by addressing advisory board’s weaknesses

Taken with the risks of a reimposition of Border controls between the Republic and Northern Ireland, Brexit presents, in the eyes of the Government, the biggest threat to the island’s prospects in generations. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images

A year after the referendum, chaos reigns in London while the EU is on the rise

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.

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

A mother weighs her malnourished child in south Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images

If you think global warming is distant and remote, look at how Africa is changing

Subscribers to Netflix, Spotify and other online streaming services will be able to access their digital content while abroad from next year. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Geoblocking will cease for subscribers to platforms like Netflix and Spotify from 2018

An Afghan mother  with her baby daughter in Malakassa refugee camp, Greece,  where about 700 refugees await their fate. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

European Commission could take legal action against Hungary, Poland and Austria

A crew member checks equipment on board the Migrant Offshore Aid Station  Phoenix vessel off the coast of Italy.  Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Ireland yet to take any of 700 asylum seekers it pledged to receive under relocation scheme

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: no discussions on future relations until sufficient progress made on ensuring an orderly British withdrawal.  Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker says exit bill and future of citizens part of negotiations with the UK

European Parliament building in Strasbourg: MEPs meet there one week every month. The arrangement costs the EU €114m a year and critics have called for it to be scrapped. Photograph: Pascal Bastien/New York Times

Agency relocation from London may involve Strasbourg’s European Parliament base

Cybersecurity experts said the spread of the virus dubbed “WannaCry” – a “ransomware worm” – had slowed, but the respite might only be brief.

State networks including Health Service Executive fear WannaCry virus may have spread

French President elect Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux celebrate on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

France picks president whose message of European integration out of tune with zeitgeist

Emmanuel Macron’s supporters at the Louvre museum watch the president-elect give a speech in Paris. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

Projections suggest young centrist has almost double votes of far-right Marine Le Pen

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Some believe Government should take the lead with unilateral recognition of Palestine

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to media  at an EU summit in Brussels on Saturday.  Photograph: Olivier Matthys/AP

We’ve managed to get our Brexit concerns on the table, but the challenge is to get results

A file image of Ibrahim Halawa (21), from Firhouse in Dublin, who has been in prison in Egypt since August 2013

Charlie Flanagan says he expects trial will ‘move towards a conclusion’

Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory among French citizens living in the Republic in the first round of France’s presidential election. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Nearly half of Irish-based expats voted for the independent centrist candidate in first round

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Letter to Taoiseach signed by academics and artists urges Government to act ‘without delay’

Emmanuel Macron leaves his home surrounded by policemen in Paris on Monday, after the first round of presidential elections where he ended in first place. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Results reveal scale of crisis facing traditional parties across the continent

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, blows a kiss to the crowd during her   speech after finishing second in the first round of the  election in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Landmark first-round result in presidential poll remakes France’s political landscape

A trade unionist  has issued defamation proceedings against RTÉ over a report that the trade union Unite sought an exemption from providing social housing in a property it owned

Broadcaster reported Unite sought social housing exemption certificate for property

Mr Flanagan said he detected shifts in attitudes in both the UK and the rest of the EU bloc ahead of Brexit negotiations. Photograph Niall Carson/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan says negotiators should agree on principle of settlement, not figure

 Fintan O’Toole, columnist, The Irish Times, speaking at The Irish Times Corporate Tax Summit in  Dublin in January of this year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

'Irish Times' journalist recognised for his insightful commentary on Brexit

A child who has tested positive for malaria suffers convulsions after being treated in the MSF clinic. Photograph: Ikram N’gadi/MSF

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières warns on hunger and disease threat in Borno state

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: UK’s impending departure is “one of the most significant challenges Irish agri-food, farming and fisheries have faced since the foundation of the State”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government urged to set up task force to convince EU of threat to agri-food sector

 The British government is slowly realising Brexit is ‘an act of great self-harm’, the State’s top Brexit official has said. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

John Callinan claims London is aware that leaving the EU is an ‘act of great self-harm’

A report by USAid, confirms that it has decided not to suspend or disbar Goal from American funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

USAid arm’s report says it will not suspend or disbar charity from American funding

LÉ Róisín crew members assist in rescuing people from a vessel located about 39 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya in May 2016. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Naval Service personnel on Mediterranean missions to receive additional €15 a day

The ‘truly awful’ Pepsi ad featuring model Kendall Jenner spontaneously joining a rather upbeat street protest

Who had a good or bad week? What were the big stories? Who said what?

European Council president  Donald Tusk takes part in a  news conference about Brexit in Valletta, Malta,  on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Triggering Brexit: the EU’s response

A copy of  Theresa May’s Brexit letter in notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU Treaty

Triggering Brexit marginal notes

A van promoting an EU march passes parliament in London. The UK’s impending departure will require Dublin to make a fundamental shift in how it positions itself at European level. Photograph:  EPA/Andy Rain

Brexit forces Ireland to look at just how superficial some of its EU relationships really are

A file image of Ibrahim Halawa (21) who has been in jail in Egypt since being arrested in Cairo in August 2013. His trial was further adjourned on Wednesday.

Concerns over health of Irish man who has been in an Egyptian jail for over three years

The mass trial of Ibrahim Halawa  and 493 others is due to resume in Cairo on Wednesday.

The mass trial of Dubliner and 493 others is due to resume in Cairo on Wednesday

The famous poster (right) of Che Guevara created by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, and an image of Camilo Guevara (left) given a similar treatment. Illustration: Paul Scott

Che Guevara’s son was four when he last saw his famous father, killed 50 years ago in Bolivia

A public wifi hotspot in Havana: In 2015, the Cuban government opened the first public wifi spots. It also reduced prices and increased speeds for internet access at state-run cybercafes. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Cuba came late to the digital revolution, but a new openness to the world is changing lives

 Cardinal Jaime Ortega  arriving at the Cathedral of Havana to celebrate his last mass as Archbishop  on May 7th, 2016. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Influential Cuban cleric Jaime Ortega warns of new uncertainty in US-Cuban relations

A classic car in a Habana Vieja street in Havana: For many Cubans, the question is how to open up in ways that allow society to protect the achievements of the revolution. Photograph: Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto/Getty

From thriving nightclubs to countercultural cinema, Havana is forging a new path

Scenes from the war in Syria. Illustration: Marc Corrigan

Six personal stories highlight the plight of a war-torn people six years into the conflict

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

UK’s departure from EU will have a seismic political impact on both sides of the Border

Syrian women attend a wool-weaving class, organised by Nesaa al-Ghouta (Women of Ghouta), in the rebel-held Douma district of Damascus. Concern says the war’s impact on civilians  has been “catastrophic”. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

As war enters seventh year, agency says lack of money stymying humanitarian response

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the US. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Adrian O’Neill will become ambassador in London

Barry Andrews stepped down last October as chief executive of the aid agency Goal.

Former children’s minister takes up position with Institute of International and European Affairs

African refugees and migrants wait aboard a rubber boat  off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Santi Palacios/AP

European countries admit less than 10% of 160,000 asylum seekers agreed to take in

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker attends a news conference after the presentation a White Paper on the future of Europe in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Union chief presents five scenarios for future co-operation in White Paper

At a meeting and dinner with Cuban president Raúl Castro,   Mr Higgins  brought up the issue  of human rights in Cuba in a clear but polite manner. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

Irish President meets Cuban activists and independent journalists on final day of visit

Goal is regarded as the leading force in rapid humanitarian response in Ireland, as seen with its work in Haiti rebuilding schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concern plan ended when Goal’s board opted for a rival merger pitch from Oxfam Ireland

President Higgins visiting Pedro Kouri Institute for Tropical Medicine  in  Havana  on the third day of his State visit. “As Cuba is enabled to reopen onto the world at this juncture of a new era, can we imagine new relations between freedom and justice?” Photograph: Maxwell’s

President says country at ‘interesting’ threshold as humanity faces systemic crisis

President Michael D Higgins(left)  greets author Joseph O’Connor in Havana as part of a three-day State visit to Cuba. Photograph: Maxwells

Joseph O’Connor’s ‘Star of the Sea’ is the first Irish novel since ‘Ulysses’ published in Cuba

  Michael D  Higgins and Raul Castro had a ‘warm, long and comprehensive’ discussion on the first day of his three day visit. Photograph: Adalberto Roquedal/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights, LGBT rights and civil society discussed between two leaders

US vice-president Mike Pence: Irish officials see him as a potential ally in the Government’s campaign for immigration reform to help undocumented Irish in the USA. Photograph: Al Drago

US vice-president with Sligo family links will be guest of honour at meal on March 15th

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Win McNamee/EPA/GETTY

US president pledges to ‘destroy’ law preventing political activity by churches

Enda Kenny in Saudi Arabia: Mr Kenny drew heavy criticism for not raising human rights concerns during a 2014 trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Photograph: Mohammed Obaidi

If Kenny meets US president on St Patrick’s Day he will be watched like never before

Ibrahim Halawa has told an Irish delegation he is still on hunger strike.

Arab League suggests it may help to get a seat on the United Nations Security Council

A think-tank founder has said talks on article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the provision that allows for a member state to leave the bloc – would lead to a referendum here. Image: iStock

‘Unavoidable’ that talks on article 50 will trigger a referendum here, seminar hears

Charlie Flanagan: The Minister for Foreign Affairs has called for an end to all settlement construction by Israel in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Photograph: Eric Luke

Extra 3,000 units ‘inherently involves injustice and provocation for Palestinians’

The report found that Irish Aid had made very important inroads into reducing poverty in  Uganda. Photograph: Getty Images

Report suggests greater political nous could have mitigated 2012 corruption scandal

Barack Obama greets Donald Trump as he arrives on the platform at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, for  his inauguration as US president. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Chaotic interaction of US president’s power centres to shape administration’s worldview

 US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’ Malley and his wife, Dena, with President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, in Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph:  Maxwell

Ireland’s carefully cultivated ties with the Republican Party are about to be tested

Catherine Day, a former secretary general of the European Commission, said the UK’s impending departure from the EU would deprive Dublin of an important ally.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Institute of International and European Affairs hears Franco-German axis tightening

A file image  of Ibrahim Halawa who has been held in Egypt since August 2013 after being arrested at a protest over the ousting of then president Mohamed Morsi.

Firhouse man has been detained in Egypt since being arrested at protest in August 2013

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald: “It’s not like there’s a queue of other agencies that can do this. There isn’t.” Photograph: Alan Betson

New general manager believes troubled aid agency is winning back trust of its funders

Goal’s largest donor was USAID, which accounted for €78m of total income.

Financial breakdown indicates ‘reasonable expectation’ the NGO’s operations can continue

 Minster for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  and the New Zealand Foreign Minister  Murray McCully at Iveagh House Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells

Murray McCully says Ireland would be ‘a terrific place’ to host the tournament

Ibrahim Halawa: Awaiting trial for three-and-a-half years.

President set to ‘exercise his legal authority for clemency as soon as sentence passed’

Poster from a press conference held by Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin last August calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa from jail in Egypt. Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin was one of the TDs who visited Mr Halawa on Tuesday. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

21-year-old tells cross-party group at jail near Cairo he was placed in solitary confinement

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: said  the visit  by the Japanese foreign minister and the programme of events  would “celebrate our strong friendship based on shared values”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Foreign minister cites concerns about future of Japanese firms in UK

The Citizens’ Assembly considered changes to the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, at a meeting in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After two-day session, assembly sets aside extra weekend to discuss Eighth Amendment

Turkish upheavals: a supporter of President Erdogan at a rally in Ankara. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

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