The trade talks between the EU and UK will probably get under way in March, and will be getting up steam through spring and early summer. We need a government in place to argue Ireland’s corner here. Photograph: Getty Images Cliff Taylor: Brexit will be done – we need our election done too

We need a new government by April or May when EU–UK trade talks will be in full swing

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds reacts after losing his seat as Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane is declared the winner in the Belfast count centre.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Denis Bradley: Loss of a majority will have a deep impact on unionism

Issues of identity, sovereignty are the same as 100 years ago but soil they’re in has changed radically

“Don’t blame me for Brexit because I headbutted a Tory”. Eric Joyce MP leaves City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London on March 9, 2012today where he was spared jail for beating up four politicians while drunk and telling police “You can’t touch me, I’m an MP” : Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Man walks into a bar and hands Boris Johnson a majority

The roots of the Tory victory can be traced back to Eric Joyce’s misbehaviour in 2012

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street for Buckingham Palace on Friday morning where he is expected to see Queen Elizabeth II and be invited to form a Government. Photograph: PA Fintan O’Toole: Johnson’s win gives stable majority to a very unstable character

One important point is parties supporting second referendum won a majority of votes

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: managed to achieve broad political consensus by framing his 2020 budget on the basis of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Stephen Collins: Brexit crisis gave Donohoe way to lower expectations

Avoidance of profligacy a fine template for dealing with future corporate tax fall

There is no compelling reason to give Ireland’s agricultural emissions a free pass. The brutal maths mean all sectors need to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions within a generation. Photograph: Alan Betson State must step up its capacity to deliver climate action

Carbon budgets provide clear signal of trajectory to stakeholders and society

A woman carries her child across a wooden bridge in the refugee camp of Moria on Lesbos. You have to remind yourself that you are in the EU. Photograph: Aris Messinis Europe’s policy on refugees has departed from core values

Decent camps and sea rescue of migrants are EU’s duty and innately morally right

 In this file photo taken on August 2, 2019 people walk past a Huawei logo during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing.  (Photo by Fred DUFOUR / AFP) How not to win the technology race with China

Donald Trump’s all-guns-blazing approach is a sure way to a lose-lose break with Beijing

US president Donald  Trump: It’s good to know  that despite three years of his presidency, the country still has a civic pulse. File photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA Thomas Friedman: Impeach Trump. Save America

To forgo impeachment would be tantamount to saying that our president is now a king

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s art work Comedian – a banana duct-taped to the wall – is shown during Art Basel in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Rhona Wise/EPA Finn McRedmond: If this is art, I am the idea of a banana

We should applaud David Datuna as an antidote to the art world’s earnestness

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry/PA Wire Newton Emerson: Why should the DUP not take advantage if it wins enough seats in the election?

SDLP MPs could conceivably be asked to help Labour into Downing Street

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” march through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Those inclined to express prejudice and hatred  are not likely to stop   just because they cannot express it in public. Photograph: Edu Bayer/New York Times Legislation against hate speech is ill-advised and counter-productive

Not every harmful or undesirable behaviour needs to be legally regulated

Minister of education Li Andersson, minister of interior Maria Ohisalo, prime minister Sanna Marin and minister of finance Katri Kulmuni give a press conference of the new Finnish government in Helsinki. Photograph: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/AFP/ Getty Images How will a 34-year-old woman prime minister in Finland change the world?

Despite her young age, Sanna Marin has been brought in to steady the ship

 Brexit has morphed  from unicorns and sunlit uplands to getting “the incubus of Brexit off our collective backs”. And the worn-out people’s response is a weary, hypnotic “get Brexit done”. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA Kathy Sheridan: Truth has been the first casualty of the Brexit election

The perpetrators feel invincible. Lying is the default. Good luck to us all

Arguments in favour of moving sacramental preparation outside the school day vary, and many focus on the sheer amount of class time already devoted to religious indoctrination. File photograph: Getty It’s self-serving for Church to move sacraments out of school hours

Decision more to do with involving parents than ending segregation of non-Catholics

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and US president Donald Trump at the White House in March  2019. Bolsonaro was quick to embrace his nickname of “the Trump of the Tropics”, and has adopted his US peer as kind of political lodestar.   Photograph: Getty Images Trump’s humiliation of Brazil a wake-up call for Brexit Britain

The US president is only too willing to embarrass a supplicant foreign ally to shore up support at home

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to shake hands while walking through the colonnade prior to an Oval Office meeting at the White House March 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Netanyahu is cutting short his visit to Washington due to a rocket attack in central Israel that had injured seven people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Donald Trump Is Bad for the Jews

The Trump administration is an anti-democratic, white nationalist regime. And while it is not (yet) explicitly anti-Semitic you have to be wilfully ignorant of the past not to know where all this leads

Boris Johnson at a house party in Brussels in about 1990 during his time as Daily Telegraph Brussels correspondent. Photograph: Charles Grant I was in Brussels when Johnson peddled his original Euro lies – nobody’s laughing now

Returning to Brussels has reminded me of how officials failed to take his pernicious myth-making seriously

In October, a mother who was severely mentally ill when she smothered her child was committed to the Central Mental Hospital, only to have her case brought back to court the following day because there was no bed. Photograph: Alan Betson Ireland must tackle its mental health services deficit disorder

Tragic case of brain-damaged, homeless man just one example of system that needs change

Boris Johnson presents a 21st century postmodern version of this “theatrical show of society”. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Fintan O’Toole: Boris the loveable buffoon beats Johnson the charlatan

Key voters know the British PM is a liar but they choose to collude with the spectacle

Located in the heart of the community, St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street in Dublin city centre  is easily accessible and proactively engages with local people as their needs and aspirations change. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons St Andrew’s Resource Centre: Fighting exclusion, reducing inequality

St Andrew’s resource centre shows how to address local needs in an integrated way

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany’s auction for the construction of an ultra-fast 5G mobile network on March 19, 2019 at the German Federal Network Agency(Photo by Arne Dedert / dpa / AFP) Why Europe will side with the US over China for 5G

America’s allies are belatedly heeding its warnings about the Chinese technology threat

“Ireland has golden visas, we just don’t really talk about them.” Una Mullally: Chinese millionaires taking advantage of golden Irish visas

Application numbers for our immigrant investor programme are rocketing in Ireland

“It is widely accepted that higher education progression league tables do not necessarily reflect school quality.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne A better way to measure school performance

Schools should be rated by value added rather than numbers going on to third level

White House officials indicate the administration will aggressively defend President Trump. Photograph: Patrick Semansky US president Donald Trump relishing impeachment fight

Republican majority will have large sway over outcome of third US impeachment ever

If Jeremy Corbyn cannot say what he believes on Brexit, voters cannot believe him on all the other things he cares about. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Fintan O’Toole: Labour's failure in this election will be due to Jeremy Corbyn

It is tragic that a potentially transformative moment for Britain depends on this man

Before the multinationals: from 1921 to 1991 the Irish economy was the worst performer in western Europe; this photograph, by Hans Silvester of Gamma-Rapho, shows Toomey’s bar in Hollywood, Co Wicklow, in the 1950s David McWilliams: Without multinationals, Ireland is a bad-weather Albania

Multinationals have transformed Ireland for the better, plugging us into the globe

The tale of the water facility proposed for George’s Dock in Dublin’s IFSC is a classic case of the 'system' trying to get a project through. Photograph:  BP Cliff Taylor: Time to shout WTF on Dublin’s white-water rafting project

Real social and spending priorities appear to have drowned in a swirl of swift box-ticking

In rare cases, a non-detected twin with a genetic condition may have died in the womb and the test picks up that DNA, not the living twin’s. Breda O’Brien: Genetic disability tests are misleading couples

Limitations of non-invasive, pre-natal testing are ignored by opinion-formers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. ‘If there is to be a political salvation for Varadkar, he will need a new departure, a new project, a new narrative for the Government.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Pat Leahy: The Government is flat out of energy, mission and purpose

Battlelines for a forthcoming election are being drawn, and not before time

Under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, it is an offence for someone to allow their dog to foul in a public place. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Diarmaid Ferriter: Shaming is needed to stop dog fouling in public

Canine excrement covers our streets as unsocial dog-owners escape any penalty

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s team believes that if the European Union does not become a key global actor it will lose influence. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP Ireland must rethink strategies in a new geopolitical era

World View: Irish policy has to think its way into a sphere of weaponised soft power

Adrienne Cullen’s extraordinary tenacity  led to the introduction in the Netherlands of  open disclosure protocols in all major hospitals. Euthanasia is sometimes the right choice

Ireland should urgently legislate for assisted suicide. It is the humane thing to do

President Donald Trump arrives back in Britain. In only a short 17 months. the world that Trump operated in doesn’t seem so distant from the UK at all any more. Photograph: Kevin Wolfe/AP Political rot has spread from US to UK

Donald Trump has dragged Britain down to his level

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Fine Gael won 20.7 per cent of the votes cast in the recent byelections, a drop of one point on its general election performance in the four constituencies. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Warning signs for Fine Gael in byelection results

Dramatic increase in support for Greens and significant recovery by Labour

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: If he had not intervened Syria would have emerged with a limited number of victims, little damage,few internally displaced and fewer refugees. Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan would also have escaped the negative human, economic and political impacts of the war across their borders. Turkey deserves the blame for what happened in Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to get involved had disastrous consequences

No prizes for guessing what the DUP and Sinn Féin will ask for in return for a devolution deal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire Newton Emerson: Stormont’s last collapse a warning of its next

DUP and Sinn Féin seem to have inability to take tough devolved spending decisions

An EU flag flies in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP Brexit is a triumph of European solidarity – for now

Deeper integration and shared sovereignty needed to meet future challenges

‘The thing about reviews and finding problems is that it is an integral part of what we do in all areas of medicine.’ File photograph: Getty CervicalCheck debate: We can’t forget that screening saves lives

We also know that for all of its benefits, and they are many, screening is imperfect

Already, the city’s management has spent €1 million on the white-water rafting design Dublin city’s management has spent €1 million on the white-water rafting design Michael McDowell: Daft white-water rafting plan is anything but a capital idea

Dublin is being destroyed by unelected officials and a lack of genuine local democracy

Kevin Dowd, brother of  New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, holds one of his guest columns signed by President Donald Trump, in Rockville, Maryland. Trump wrote: “Kevin – thank you – you truly get it! Best wishes, Donald Trump.” Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times Kathy Sheridan: The trouble with Maureen Dowd’s brother? He’s wrong

NYT columnist briefly handing controls to her Trumpist sibling leaves readers with a problem

The International Criminal Court's head prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has been in the role since 2012. Photograph: Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency via Getty International Criminal Court must prove its worth

Afghanistan claims appeal will test ICC resolve to take on powerful states

As in rugby, so in elections. Boris Johnson will do what it takes © Stefan Rousseau/PA Boris Johnson shows he cares more about winning than governing

The PM is defiantly short-termist — victory first and worry about the aftermath later

Unless something dramatic happens in the UK election, Julian King will be the last British member of the EU Commission. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Fintan O’Toole: A banal moment in Brussels is a black joke on Ireland

The departure of the last UK member of the EU commission has poignancy for Ireland

The funding crisis in the disability sector has become so critical that the future of services for up to 65,000 men, women and children are now at serious risk. Photograph: Getty There is no excuse for not funding the disability sector

We estimate our nine organisations will need €20m a year between us to resolve our debts

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