Trinity College with statue of henry Grattan in the foreground . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Henry Grattan looms large over modern Ireland

His legacy is that the Irish nationalist movement retained a liberal protestant element

 US President Donald Trump walks back to the White House escorted by the Secret Service after appearing outside of St John’s Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020.  (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Will Lafayette Park spell the end of Trump?

This murder of George Floyd is just a symptom of a disease that has been present for 400 years

A protester  in front of a formation of Detroit riot police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a white officer. Photograph: Seth Herald/AFP) Michael McDowell: Black Americans fear the future and so should we

Trump’s coalition of both rich and poor whites is shameless and his words evil

Could the growing understanding of how men benefit from fatherhood be the real lockdown dividend? Photograph: iStock Anne Harris: Fatherhood could be the big winner from lockdown

For the last 66 days many men have had, perhaps for the first time, a real chance to reconcile work and family life

A peaceful protest against the death of George Floyd in Bethesda, Maryland. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Inequality, not racism, has been institutionalised in the US

The lack of safety net generates economic insecurity that facilitates exploitation

People throw a US  flag on a fire during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody, near the White House in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA I want to burn the stars and stripes...but I will never burn my US passport

I want to burn the symbol of oppression, but even more I want to burn the stars and stripes

Thousands throng Galway for the Macnas parade  during the ever-popular annual arts festival in the city. But this year all festivals, big and small, have disappeared.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Fintan O’Toole: Coronavirus is like the Taliban – it hates art

Covid-19 has destroyed live performance, we must support artists in reinventing it

Ibti Gauthier and her son Adam (4), pass a Montessori and childcare facility in Dublin which is closed as a result of Government measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Patricia King: There can be no going back to the old, inequitable ways

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the weaknesses in our pre-existing social contract

If there is a second surge and the churches cannot be opened for a year, we will have to think differently about how the life of the Church will continue. Photograph: Alan Betson We should look at fundamentals rather than practicalities of reopening churches

Can we seize this opportunity for reflection on how we relate to God?

‘I was prompted to write something about populism after being contacted by someone who was appalled by postings he’d tracked on Facebook, published by people commenting on Irish politics.’ Photograph: iStock. Populist politics in all but name is alive and well in Ireland

We should be wary of politicians who benefit from abusive online support bases

Boris Johnson’s arrival in 10 Downing Street saw the DUP abandoned by the European Reform Group within the Conservative Party. Photograph: EPA Alex Kane: Irish Sea ‘border’ looks set to stay

Biggest problem for unionism is that perceived betrayal comes from Britain

Four-year-old Cian Walshe plays in the sea off Portmarnock Beach, Dublin, on Friday. Liberated from work and the obligations of daily life, there is a sense of air and space. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Una Mullally: Let’s not rush to forget these lockdown days

There are echoes of childhood in this break from rat-race culture and commodification

 European Court of Justice. Court of Justice of the European Union, in Luxembourg. JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images National courts cannot override CJEU judgments

A joint statement from academics in defense of the EU legal order

The Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. The central bank there keeps its discount window jammed open and accepts government debt as collateral at zero interest rates. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images David McWilliams: Ignore the austerity ‘jihadis’. Here’s an alternative economic strategy

The solution to financial woes brought about by Covid-19 is obvious. It is called Japan

Trollies with patients in the A&E Accident and Emergency Department of St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times. Fintan O’Toole: It is time for an Irish National Health Service

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible for the old health system to continue

Cyclists on Portmarnock Beach on Friday, as the warm weather continues. Reopening – and restarting economic activity – will involve risk. But so does every other course of action. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Pat Leahy: Whatever happens, this recession will change Irish politics

Government’s first decision will be reopening country as quickly as is sensible

Generations of red-robed constitutional judges in Karlsruhe have, in their “Solange” rulings, given their qualified backing for EU law. Solutions to Karlsruhe conundrum start to emerge

German politicians mull options amid two clashing views of EU jurisprudence

Those students who choose or are able to go on to further education will enter institutions radically affected not just by the pandemic but by a decade of underfunding. Breda O’Brien: We must not fail the class of 2020

Even when results are out, uncertainty will not cease for those leaving school

The city is where the future happens first. Its constant capacity for reinvention is what makes it so intoxicating. Photograph: Still from Ben Wheatley’s film of JG Ballard’s High Rise novel. How Covid-19 could transform our cities

Covid-19 is recalibrating urban living but capitals endure as exciting laboratories

‘The predominantly younger workforces in areas such as hotels, pubs, bars, restaurants, leisure and tourism are at most risk.’ Photograph: Frank Miller Forget the €350 sideshow, mass youth unemployment is the real threat

Sectors where young people work are the ones that will struggle to bounce back

Sil Fox at Dublin District Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Jennifer O'Connell: Sil Fox has a point about #MeToo and hashtag justice

‘Believe women’ is a trite, reductive slogan that is equally offensive to everyone

Boris Johnson’s top aide, Dominic Cummings. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Boris Johnson had little choice but to back Dominic Cummings

The controversy over Boris Johnson’s aide exposes the government’s basic design flaw

Leo Varadkar: has made a number of comments indicating that he would like to speed up the current plan for a return to normality. Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Lockdown must be eased to stop Ireland returning to the 1980s

Stephen Collins: State will be plunged into worst of all worlds if action is not taken

How old-fashioned it appears now to strive for a university  with pride in its self-made identity and producing independent thinkers. Universities are preoccupied with market growth as if educators were stocks and shares

Diarmaid Ferriter: Even before Covid-19 third level faced threats from market-based ideas

The German federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe. Photograph: Hasan Bratic/EPA Why is a German court undermining the European Union?

Federal Constitutional Court wants to retain oversight role in exceptional cases

As Ireland emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, many people will potentially lose their jobs or see the nature of their jobs change radically. File photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images We must prepare for the changes in employment that will follow Covid-19

‘Just Transition’ principles must be embedded in the response to workplace vulnerability

Riot police take part in a crowd dispersal operation in Hong Kong on Wednesday.  Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images Newton Emerson: UK is failing the people of Hong Kong for a second time

Assertive diplomacy with China would be more use than talk of extending nationality

Protesters hold placards calling for the resignation of Boris Johnson's special adviser Dominic Cummings outside the entrance to Downing Street in central London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty We need to pay very close attention to what is happening in Britain now

A nation that does not confront its national identity will not be able to move forward

Boris Johnson: a confrontation with your own mortality is life-changing. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/ AFP via Getty When did Johnson become so dependent on Cummings? Was he always this weak?

Anne Harris: Covid-19 seems to have robbed the British prime minister of his confidence

Simply making something like VHI universal could fund a hospital system remarkably similar to the successful socialised programmes of Germany, and France, and far superior to the UK’s NHS. Photograph: iStock John Crown: Only true funding reform can fix hospital problems

Taking over private hospitals ensures the type of equality the Lusitania achieved with the Titanic

People exiting Heuston station in Dublin as phase one of Ireland’s reopening plan began on Monday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Michael McDowell: We will laugh at the puritanism of the two metre advice

Let's imagine how, in late May 2021, we will look back on the first half of 2020

The Intel facility at Leixlip, Co. Dublin.    The productivity of our multinational sector, which is hugely important to our economic fortunes, is boosting our national productivity levels and disguising the relatively poor productivity levels in our indigenous sector. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times The strengths of the economy disguise its weaknesses

Economic and social recovery will depend on businesses being forward-looking and innovative in producing new and improved existing goods and services

Different contact-tracing apps are under development in the Republic and Northern Ireland Politics of North-South contact-tracing app hides real problem

The issue of the normalisation of invasive surveillance is being lost in the argument

Members of the  Dáil and  judiciary  completely have misinterpreted expert advice on  management of the coronavirus crisis. File photograph: Getty Fintan O'Toole: Last week's hysteria shows politicians and judges need to get a grip

Sensible coronavirus advice prompts wild overreaction among establishment elites

Climate action is not just one more item on the weekly shopping list. Rather, it affects all other crises: homelessness, housing, healthcare, economic reform. Photograph: iStock Covid-19 the latest crisis in a broader climate emergency

Rite&Reason: A healthy planet is a prerequisite for a healthy humanity

When hours spent on paid employment are accounted for, women still carry out more hours of care than men. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Women need a new world of welfare and work

Covid-19 recovery plan must address supports for those not on live register

US president Donald Trump playing golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Saturday, the first time the president played golf since the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA Dominic Cummings affair reflects Brexit exceptionalism

US and British exceptionalism a significant factor in response to Covid-19 crisis

Covid-19 has provided perfect conditions for an infodemic. It has heightened our risk awareness, created a hunger for real-time information and compromised our decision-making ability. Photograph: AP It's not just the pandemic curve - squash the infodemic curve too

Many techniques working in Covid-19 fight can be applied to curb false virus ‘facts’

Grand Canal Dock: Big Tech bosses have decided they don’t need offices. Many places where young people work – bars, restaurants, cafes, salons, clothing shops – will disappear completely.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Una Mullally: Young people will rebuild Ireland from ashes

Generation to be worst-hit by post-epidemic recession will act to effect real social change

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: assertive macro-economic policy in 2020 is the most responsible thing we can do.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland David McWilliams: Beware Paschal Donohoe’s conventional thinking

Saving the economy today, to grow tomorrow, requires assertive macro-economic policy

A woman points towards a satirical poster from the group Led By Donkeys depicting Boris Johnson as former British prime minister Neville Chamberlain delivering his “Peace for Our Time” speech, Kentish Town, London,  on May 19th. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: Ireland is again collateral damage in Britain’s self-harm

The attitudes behind Brexit resurface in Boris Johnson’s tragic failure of leadership

“For many businesses and organisations to operate reliably in this ‘new normal’, they are going to have to make significant changes.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/ Post-Covid-19 economy offers opportunities for innovation

State should consider publicly-funded infrastructure projects to aid recovery

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty EU mutual debt plan will come with a price tag for Ireland

Like every other member state, Ireland will have to accept trade-offs we do not like

German chancellor Angela Merkel: her accord with Emmanuel Macron is a conscious end-run around the German Constitutional Court. Photograph: Odd Andersen World View: German Constitutional Court and political taboo

Prior to Berlin-Paris recovery deal, GCC may have set in motion EU crisis

People walk past a billboard in Dublin which is part of the Government’s In This Together campaign. Governments around the world are starting to worry about how to keep the public onside during the long, divisive, fretful months ahead. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Going anywhere nice this year? Just back to the 1970s, thanks

After 10 weeks of abnormality, a belt of the crozier will no longer be enough