Google’s offices on Barrow Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister also warns Irish firms not to ease off on Brexit planning because of extension

Statue of Robert Emmet on Embassy Row at 24th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Washington: How Lincoln came to be familiar with Emmet’s speech is not known. Photograph: Carol M Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty

America Letter: Irish nationalist hero had huge influence on Abraham Lincoln

Ecuadorians demonstrate in Quito against the expulsion of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after almost seven years. Photograph: Jose Jacome/EPA

US Wrap: Wikileaks founder expelled from Ecuadorian embassy facing extradition to US

Ed Crawford: ‘I pledge to work closely to advance US interests and values in Ireland’. Photograph: FedNet

Ed Crawford bids to become first ambassador to Ireland in more than two years

Conor McGregor has pleaded not guilty to  charges of robbery and criminal mischief.  Photograph: Miami Beach Police

Mixed martial arts fighter has been charged with robbery and criminal mischief

Donald Trump speaks during a fundraising round-table in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president blames Democrats for ‘horrible laws’ on immigration during visit to Texas

Attorney General William Barr testifies before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Special counsel declined offer to review summary before publication, Barr says

Outgoing US Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles was appointed by President Donald Trump to lead the agency in April 2017. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Move follows security breach at Mar-a-Lago estate

Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers march during a military parade. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Move is first time US has formally labelled another country’s military a terrorist group

US president Donald Trump and chief border patrol agent Gloria Chavez at Calexico station. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president claims ‘colossal surge is overwhelming our immigration system’

Former US vice-president Joe Biden in stills from a video in which he pledges to be “more mindful about respecting personal space in the future”. Photograph:  Joe Biden/Handout via Reuters.

America Letter: Likely presidential candidate must not let mature age suggest he is past it

Donald Trump: House Democrats formally demanded that the IRS turn over six years of the president’s personal and business tax returns. Photograph: Shawn Thew/ Pool via Bloomberg

Congressional committee requests six years of president’s tax returns in unprecedented move

Representative Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Rarely-used tax code provision cited in request for returns from 2013-18 be released

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg with vice-president Mike Pence and House speaker Nancy Pelosi: Nato is “the most successful alliance in history”.  Photograph:  Erin Schaff/New York Times

House judiciary committee votes to subpoena Mueller report from US attorney general

Robert Mueller arrives at his office in Washington on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Notion that Democrats may take up where investigation left off is politically risky for the party

House speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference about healthcare legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/ The New York Times

Bill spurred by Trump administration’s move to invalidate the Affordable Care Act

 Israel’s prime minister  Binyamin Netanyahu and US president Donald Trump: the 22-month special counsel investigation was a “terrible thing”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds

Republicans call for Adam Schiff to resign over past two years’ comments on president

US president Donald Trump described Robert Mueller’s investigation as an “illegal takedown that failed”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Attorney general says report found president’s campaign did not collude with Russia

Special counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House on Sunday. Photograph: AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Special counsel ‘made no judgment on possible obstruction of justice by president’

Donald Trump  outside the White House on Friday. Among other investigations, authorities in multiple states are examining the Trump charitable foundation, which was dissolved last year. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president still faces a range of state and federal cases arising from this investigation

A statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee in Richmond, Virginia. Last month a Bill to grant local authorities the power to remove statues was defeated. Photograph: Salwan Georges/Washington Post via Getty Images

America Letter: memories of the state capital’s dark past are never far from the surface

US president Donald Trump. Sources say the Mueller report does not call for new indictments. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The US president is unlikely to be indicted, but some legal protections end with his term

Robert Mueller (left) has submitted his final report on the investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election by Donald Trump’s campaign. Photographs: Saul Loeb and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

Report examines if Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow to try influence election

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their meeting in Vietnam last month, at which they failed to reach an agreement. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president ‘likes Chairman Kim’ and ‘doesn’t think these sanctions are necessary’

The Jewish settlement of Qatzrin in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

Netanyahu thanks US president for move to change policy on region annexed from Syria

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and her husband George Conway: Mr Trump called Mr Conway a “whack job”  after he questioned the US president’s mental health in a tweet.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president doubles down on criticism of late senator as dispute with Conway grows

US president Donald Trump meets Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Reuters/ Kevin Lamarque

US president praises Brazilian leader’s response to the Venezuelan crisis

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, with fellow MP Emma Little-Pengelly, after speaking to the media outside the Cabinet Office. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

DUP says talks with UK government are focusing on legal assurances and not cash

 Joe Kennedy III: “We can win without segmenting our society.” Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter

Rising star of Irish-US political dynasty talks of protecting Belfast Agreement from Brexit

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: ‘We have to show some patience and give some space to the British prime minister.’ Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Tánaiste hints May must signal she will reach out to opposition if she wants EU approval

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade in the US on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach was not aware UFC fighter Conor McGregor was invited to walk in parade

US president Donald Trump and House speaker Nancy Pelosi: Even if the Democratically controlled House of Representatives was to vote for impeachment, conviction still needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate. Photograph: Jim Young

America Letter: House speaker shifts focus from attack on president to real-world issues

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  US president Donald Trump in the White House on March 14th. Photograph: Department of the Taoiseach/Government Press Office

US president has previously said he intends to come to Ireland ‘at some point this year’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the DUP must ‘engage with others in order that solutions can be found’.  File photograph: James Forde

Minister for Justice in New York as part of Government St Patrick’s Day events

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of Shamrock during the annual St Patrick’s Day  reception and Shamrock presentation ceremony at the White House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Government has said no indication yet received from Washington about possible date

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett with US vice-president Mike Pence and his sister  Anne Pence Poynter at the vice-president’s     official residence in Washington DC. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Varadkar and partner Matt Barrett attend US vice-president’s St Patrick’s Day breakfast

US president Donald Trump meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

News comes after Leo Varadkar meets US vice-president Mike Pence in Washington

Congressman Richard Neal said the US did not want any “fractures” in the Belfast Agreement.

Any retreat by UK from Belfast Agreement unacceptable in US, Richard Neal says

‘Certainly if the president is open to wanting a special envoy to Northern Ireland that would be very welcome,’ said Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach praises Washington’s role in Northern Ireland on first day of St Patrick’s trip

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC during his visit to the US. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Speaking in US, Taoiseach warns possibility of UK crashing out of EU is ‘growing’

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD has arrived in Washington ahead of St Patrick’s day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The ongoing negotiations of Brexit are likely to dominate the visit

US pre-clearance at Dublin Airport

State among few countries where US-bound passengers clear immigration on departure

More than 20 members of the US Congress have warned Theresa May that a future free trade deal between the US and UK could be delayed indefinitely if a hard border returns between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA.

Failure to do so could see future US-UK trade deal delayed ‘indefinitely’, letter warns

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: President Donald Trump is “doing his job. He’s doing what Congress should be doing.” Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Democrats slam latest request from Congress as ‘gut-punch to American middle class’

Leo Varadkar: ‘The Government has consistently and strongly opposed the Bill on both political and legal grounds and will continue to do so.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach stresses Government opposition to the Bill after warning from Congress members

US president Donald Trump  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Washington DC during St Patrick’s Day celebrations in March 2018. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Special envoy John Deasy confirms renewed push to secure opening up of E3 scheme

Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort: sentenced to 47 months for tax crimes and bank fraud. Photograph: Alexandria sheriff’s office/Getty

Scrutiny on Trump’s financial affairs and potential links with Russia intensifying

US president Donald Trump picks up a bowl of shamrocks in the White House on St Patrick’s Day last year as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice-president Mike Pence look on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Decline in emigration to US is prompting rethink of long-standing relationship

Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar (left) and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi attend a media event to push for campaign finance reform outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Friday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

America Letter: Criticism follows comment online by congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley  said she is profoundly sorry for deeply insensitive comments she made on Wednesday suggesting that deaths caused by soldiers and police during the Troubles were not crimes. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Northern Secretary criticised in North and State for saying killings by soldiers, police ‘not crimes’

Paul Manafort was expected to face up to 24 years in prison. File photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s former campaign manager found guilty of eight felony crimes including bank fraud

Meg Hennessy and James Russell in The Shadow of a Gunman. ‘It was through O’Casey that the American public got to know some of the great actors like Barry Fitzgerald, FJ McCormack, Eileen Crowe – actors that were picked up by John Ford.’

To celebrate 30 years in New York, the company is staging the playwright’s ‘Dublin’ trilogy

Pressure continues to mount on US president Donald Trump.  Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Gap between US imports and exports extends beyond $620bn to reach 10-year high

Representatives for Bill and Hillary Clinton hit back on Monday at a series of claims made by Trina Vargo in Shenanigans: The US-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Book says funding for scholarship scheme cut because Chelsea Clinton’s boyfriend not shortlisted

Jerry Nadler  chairman of the House judiciary committee. Photorgraph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Information about president sought from dozens of people including Trump’s sons

 Craig Coley: he was  wrongly convicted of the 1978 murders of an ex-girlfriend and her four-year-old son

DNA evidence proved Craig Coley did not kill his ex-girlfriend and her son in 1978

Otto Warmbier on his way to North Korea’s top court in Pyongyang. Photograph: Kyodo/via Reuters

Trump says North Korean leader felt ‘very badly’ about the 22-year-old student’s death

‘No Government that I lead will ever take risks with the hard won relative peace and stability’ created by the Good Friday agreement, Theresa May has said. File photograph: Getty

Representatives of ad-hoc committee to meet NI secretary Karen Bradley later this month

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President  Trump, before the House Oversight Committee   in Washington. He denounced the president  as a “conman”, a “cheat” and a “racist”.  Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

The real import of the testimony is its implications for the criminal and civil cases embroiling the president

US president Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a news conference after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Thursday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

‘Sometimes you have to walk,’ says US president as talks with North Korea collapse

 US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sit down for dinner during a summit at the Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Despite pleasantries, US president still needs to secure specifics in talks with Kim Jong-un

Michael Cohen, testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer delivers devastating account of the US president

Michael Cohen (left), Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, arrives for a closed-door interview with the Senate intelligence committee in Washington on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Vote comes as president's former lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before Congress

Workers make a North Korean and  US flag with paper flowers in Hanoi as US president Donald Trump gets set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Jewel Samad

Second meeting of US and N Korea leaders to be shrouded in undefined ‘denuclearisation’

Monica Lewinsky in New York, 2015. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

The #MeToo movement has drawn Lewinsky back into public view. She’s in Dublin next week

After four years as the European Union’s top diplomat in Washington, David O’Sullivan will soon leave the US capital – as well as the EU’s civil service. His role as EU ambassador has given him exposure to many of DC’s famous residents, including Barack and Michelle Obama. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

His 40 years in the EU have given Irish diplomat David O’Sullivan a front-row view of history

Republican candidate for Congress Mark Harris: fraud inquiry into his campaign has prompted a call for new election. Photograph: Travis Long/New York Times

America Letter: Vote-tampering and fraud claims to trigger fresh poll in North Carolina

US president Donald Trump takes part in a meeting with China’s vice-premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Opponents angry at president’s attempt to bypass Congress to get border wall funding

Leo Varadkar: “I wonder, if Fianna Fáil was 5-10% ahead in the polls for the last year, would they be quite so willing to facilitate us?” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Congress will not support trade deal with UK that undermines Border, says Taoiseach

US senator Bernie Sanders: said that his policies were now supported “by a majority of Americans”.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Suzanne Lynch: Political danger of moving far left is why some Democrats think centrist is best

Roger Stone: ordered by a judge  not to publicly discuss the details of his criminal case. Photograph:  Al Drago/Bloomberg

Order follows photograph posted to Stone’s Instagram account of judge with gun crosshairs

US president Donald Trump poses with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit. Photograph: Saul Loeb / AFP

US president expects next week’s summit with Kim Jong-un to be ‘very successful’

US senator Bernie Sanders: said that his policies were now supported “by a majority of Americans”.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Vermont senator joins crowded field seeking Democratic nomination for president in 2020

Kamala Harris visits South Carolina, one of the states to hold early Democratic primaries. Harris and other Democrats hoping to secure the party’s nomination for 2020 have made the state a priority. Photograph: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage

The California senator travels to South Carolina to pitch for support ahead of primary

Harvey Weinstein with his former lawyer Benjamin Brafman in December 2018. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

The former film mogul, facing a landmark trial, has recruited a tough new legal team

Activists who opposed Amazon’s plan to move into Queens rally in Long Island City in celebration of the company’s decision to pull out of the deal. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Clash between capital and stagnating living standards of workers crystallised

US president Donald Trump: declared a national emergency at the Mexican border  to access billions of dollars to build a border wall. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Texas landowners file legal challenge as president cites immigration as threat

 Lynda Miller, Soona Buchanan and her son, Shadi,  attend a service for the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of February 14th, 2018.  Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

America Letter: Shooting's anniversary reminds that gun crime is a tragic US fact of life

US president Donald Trump:  the saga over the government funding bill and the border wall is a poor reflection on his governance skills. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Challenge to president’s declaration of a national emergency likely to reach supreme court

US president Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president outlines controversial move at event in White House Rose Garden

Paul Manafort,  US president Donald Trump’s former campaign manager. His breach of his plea deal means he is likely to face a much tougher prison sentence than previously thought probable. File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort found guilty of lying to prosecutors

President Donald Trump will sign a bill to avert a second government shutdown, but will also declare a national emergency to secure border wall funding. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

White House says US president will sign bill to avoid second government shutdown

Protesters opposed to Amazon’s  New York campus on the steps of city hall in New York. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among figures opposing campus due to large tax breaks

US president Donald Trump said he had “lots of options” in relation to funding a border wall. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Trump says officials will look for ‘landmines’ in funding legislation

President Donald Trump. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Senior Republicans urge president to back deal that includes $1.3 billion for border wall

 President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on Monday in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Agreement over border wall funding, ICE detention must still be signed off by Trump

Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar speaks at a press conference on deportation at Capitol Hill in Washington, last week. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Meanwhile, negotiations resume in last-ditch effort to avert a shutdown on Friday

Tweeting from the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump claimed Democrats were not being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Democrats and Republicans divided over immigration policy and border wall

Jeff Bezos, pictured here in 2018, is the founder of Amazon, and the owner of the ‘Washington Post’. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon founder and ‘Washington Post’ owner says AMI action is politically motivated

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (centre) with members of the Friends of Ireland caucus inside the Ways and Means committee room in the US Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Left, Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and, right, committee chairman Richard Neal. Photograph: Marty Katz

America Letter: The US losing the UK’s voice in the EU could be Ireland's opportunity

Virginia governor elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with state Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (left) and attorney general Mark Herring at his election night rally in 2017. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Attorney general Herring admits dressing in blackface as Fairfax sex scandal emerges

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at  a meeting on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Minister urges change in UK approach as he stresses concerns about peace process during US visit

Figures from the Irish-American caucus on Capitol Hill said they would definitely speak out fi the Belfast Agreement was threatened.

Senior figures from Congress stress the importance of maintaining soft Border

Tánaiste and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: held meetings in New York on Tuesday as Ireland continues its efforts to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council. File Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste for talks with senior Trump administration officials and Congress members

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un first met  in Singapore last June. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president and North Korean leader to meet in Vietnam on February 27th and 28th

US vice-president Mike Pence and House speaker Nancy Pelosi flank Donald Trump as the US president delivers his State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/AFP/Getty Images

US president attacks ‘partisan investigations’ and Democrats as he appeals for unity

US president Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/ pool /AFP/Getty Images

US president announces second North Korea summit and reiterates demands for border wall

British prime minister Theresa May  giving a speech on Brexit in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

British prime minister says during Belfast visit promise to avoid hard border is ‘unshakeable’

New York court rules man sought over almost 400 incidents will not be released on bail

The letter, which has been signed by 40 senior figures including Gary Hart, comes ahead of Tanaiste Simon Coveney’s visit to Washington this week. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Group, including five former US ambassadors, concerned Belfast Agreement could be jeapordised

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