Grainia Long: “I have long suspected that our a child protection system has one hand tied behind its back.” By not fully funding Tusla, the State fails to protect children

The handling of McCabe child abuse allegations is the agency’s biggest test yet

Transgender  TV star Laverne Cox: “Folks who oppose trans people having access to facilities that are consistent with how we identify know the things they claim don’t actually happen . . . It’s really about us not existing, about erasing trans people.” Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images for NARAS Una Mullally: Trump turns his bullying on transgender toilets

LGBT Americans are included in all the other groups targeted by the president

The Government is taking  a populist approach to the “unhygienic practice of injecting openly in the street, and how discarded drug paraphernalia would no longer be a problem”. Personal drug allowance would help injecting centre succeed

Safe, supervised facilities will encourage drug addicts to seek further treatment

 EU commissioner Phil Hogan has warned against talk of treaty changes for which the weary public has no appetite. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters Rekindling spirit of EU founding text will not be easy

Union relaunch faces major challenges in countering Euroscepticism and nationalism

Theresa May: The British prime minister is under pressure to “deliver” a clean break with the EU. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Cliff Taylor: The €60bn bill that threatens the Brexit talks

A big divorce row over the UK bill could poison or even derail Brexit negotiations

‘Cardinal Desmond Connell championed the underdog at every opportunity.’ Breda O’Brien: Desmond Connell was a complicated man

Cardinal was seen as a good man in an ill-suited role, but the truth is more complex

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. ‘The sense that the Government is in control of events and making progress on social and economic problems seems to be diminishing rather than growing.’ Photograph: AP Pat Leahy: Government needs a reboot – whoever leads it

Fine Gael must restore faith in its competency if it is to maintain a hold on power

Trade unionist Arthur Scargill joins Tesco workers in Artane, Dublin, in their struggle against employer pressure for downward social mobility. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Why we must pay attention to Ireland’s spring of discontent

Concerns over downward social mobility mirror conditions behind Brexit and Trump

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said the 1916 commemorations ‘struck exactly the right note’. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images Diarmaid Ferriter: Boris should spare us the patronising praise

British foreign secretary’s response to 1916 celebrations betrays an empire mindset

‘Enda Kenny will be clinging to office for another eight or 10 weeks but will have no power.’ Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images Noel Whelan: We are about to have another caretaker government

Fine Gael Ministers will be absorbed by the leadership race and not focused on their jobs

Demonstrators rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday in one of several ‘Not My President’ protests against Donald Trump to mark the President’s Day holiday. Photograph: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer Undocumented Irish are fearful amid Trump crackdown

The US faces a fight for its future over president’s draconian immigration policies

“Young people should  be trained from an early age in media literacy so they can become their own fact-checkers.” Image: iStock Give young people the tools to fight back against fake news

Digital literacy is one of the main defences against lies and disinformation

The difference between Leo Varadkar’s relationship status and Simon Coveney’s: is it important?  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Una Mullally: Do most people really care who the next Fine Gael leader is?

Fine Gael must beware not to look like a jaded band obsessing over a new lead singer while the audience has already left the gig

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan with supporters outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images Civil unions for heterosexuals – why campaigners won’t give up

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan: ‘We won’t rest until the British government recognises civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples is fair and popular, and good for families and children’

The Keeping People in Their Homes Bill sets out a range of factors to be considered, including the effect of home loss on all the household members. Photograph: iStock New law would help prevent home repossessions

At least 30,000 households face losing their homes due to mortgage arrears

Enda Kenny: Given that   Brexit  will take two years – and probably far longer – it would make sense for the Taoiseach  to sign off on the negotiating strategy before handing it on to his successor. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Fine Gael pulls back from the brink of bloodbath

Party almost ‘tore itself apart’ much like the period before Kenny became leader

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster: Both women have had strikingly similar executive careers, marked by unusually long and mediocre tenures in a single, safe department. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Stormont’s balance may be about to get downgraded

Sinn Féin’s demand that Arlene Foster leave compels DUP to consider ‘dual leadership’

‘Mexico could turn a symbol of restriction into one of freedom and imagination, and its northern states, such as Sonora, Chihuahua and Coahuila, which share the longest stretches of border with America, could turn concrete into gold.’ Above, the border fence that separates the US and Mexico. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg How Mexico could subvert Donald Trump’s border wall

‘What could be more magnificent than a divine feathered serpent snaking along vast stretches of the wall’s 2,000-mile extent?’

‘Month two of this presidency needs to produce a capacity to speak with one voice.’ Above, US president Donald Trump at a news conference in the White House.   Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times The Russification of America under Donald Trump is gathering pace

Putin’s macho authoritarianism, disdain for press, and mockery of truth has installed itself in Trump’s America

Prof Linda Connolly: While 52 per cent of entry-level academic positions are filled by women, they represent only 19 per cent of professorships Why it’s time for a woman to become president of an Irish university

‘The HEA’s expert group has called for the final pool of candidates for the appointment of new presidents to be comprised, in so far as possible, equally of men and women’

“It is disappointing that the deep and overlapping anti-Irish and anti-Catholic bigotry of so many DUP-supporting unionists appears to still play a significant role in Northern life and politics.” Above, DUP leader Arlene Foster.    Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images Anti-Catholic bigotry of many in DUP still significant

‘I wonder how many Northern unionists still hold appalling, near-racist views’

 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu  with US president Donald Trump whose statement that he favoured neither the two-state solution nor the one-state solution has unsettled Palestinians, Israelis,   and the international community. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA Arab-Israeli two-state solution crucial to Middle East peace

Trump’s abandonment of policy could put weak pro-Western Arab regimes at risk

Bertie Ahern jokes with Brian Cowen before announcing that he will resign as taoiseach in 2008. File photograph: Frank Miller Kathy Sheridan: Fine Gael not the only ones to engage in inept political heaves

‘Perhaps the mere talk of generational change has the handy side-effect of deleting the past’

Ross Goodwin, creative technologist, artist, hacker and data scientist, with his installation ‘word.camera’ that translates photographs into poems. He is involved in the Humans Need Not Apply exhibition at the Science Gallery, which runs until  May 14th. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Here’s a Wilde idea – we should embrace the rise of robots

‘Humans Need Not Apply’: To some this evokes a nightmare vision of the future, with mass job losses

US president Donald Trump  appears to be doing exactly what middle America elected him to do. Photograph: Mike Theiler/EPA Why Donald Trump supporters in Midwest are feeling happy

One late convert to Trumpism says: ‘He drives me nuts but he’s growing on me’

Leo Varadkar:  “The success of a Varadkar-led Fine Gael is not just dependent on the policies he proposes but also on his ability to carry his message.” Photograph: Eric Luke Gap between main parties could grow under Varadkar leadership

Acquisition of Stephen Donnelly helps FF inoculate itself from a Varadkar-led FG

A woman and her child in a hospital ward in the capital Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters Famine in South Sudan: months of hunger lie ahead

‘We could be facing into a crisis of unimaginable scale with 70m requiring assistance’

“Brian Purcell was assured that he would keep his pension entitlements and his salary of more than €180,000”. Photograph: Frank Miller Nothing changes because Establishment takes care of its own

After stepping down from Justice, Brian Purcell was handed a plum job at the HSE

When will he exit? US president Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the press cabin of Air Force One before a rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, in  Florida on Friday, February 18th, 2017. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times How long can Donald Trump last as US president?

Edward Luce: Either the forces that are against the US president will bring him down or he will destroy the system. My bet is on the first

Wind energy is vital to meeting our national renewable energy targets by 2020. Failure to do so will incur heavy fines. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Ireland must continue to invest in wind farms

The State’s renewable energy production sector can be an exemplar to Europe

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with Policing Authority chair Josephine Feehily. “Not surprisingly, the weak legislation establishing the Policing Authority has resulted in a weak Policing Authority in practice.” Photograph: Eric Luke Mick Wallace: To change An Garda, get rid of its hierarchy

This policing crisis exposes a culture where dissent is not tolerated

Una Mullally: Political posturing of Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg should leave us all reaching for the emoji that most signifies concerned. Una Mullally: Beware political ambition of tech billionaires

Politics is played out over a web of social media. Imagine a White House Zuckerberg

Maurice McCabe at his home in Mount Nugent on the Cavan/Meath border. Photograph: Barry Cronin Fintan O'Toole: The Maurice McCabe affair is our worst scandal yet

The realisation you live in a State in which people with huge power over you will go to such lengths sends a shiver down the spine

Enda Kenny at a jobs announcement by Microsoft on Friday. Unless he can stage an unlikely comeback he needs to depart the stage quickly. Photograph: Alan Betson Cliff Taylor: If Enda Kenny is going he should go now

With the country facing big decisions there is no time for a ‘long goodbye’

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone outside Leinster House this week. Photograph: Eric Luke If Zappone was a bishop the media would have hung her out to dry

Those the media approves of are naive, those it dislikes are deemed negligent

 Kerry Babies tribunal: Protesters outside the Department of Justice on January 29th, 1985 voiced support for the Hayes family  over their treatment  by gardaí and the tribunal.  Photograph: Pat Langan Diarmaid Ferriter: Truth may out in McCabe tribunal, but don’t expect justice

Latest inquiry recalls State’s controversial handling of Kerry Babies case

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon:  “That chilling prospect concerning migration should focus attention on the group of ‘alternative right’ ideologues Trump has gathered around him.” Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Worldview: Threat of Trump must not be underestimated

New US administration is determined to use its power to fight for what it believes in

Enda Kenny at the  All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin Castle: The fallout from the McCabe crisis has “almost certainly ended” his career. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Pat Leahy: Fine Gael leadership change may save Government

The McCabe crisis has exposed the lack of trust in ‘dysfunctional’ Cabinet

The Garda is open to accusations that, particularly at senior level, some within still believe they enjoy an immunity unique in Irish life. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Case for radical reform of Garda now unequivocal

From the ‘heavy gang’ to Maurice McCabe, questions on accountability persist

Should landholders  abstain from improving trails in the belief that new structures like stiles, which do much to reduce damage to fences, will still leave them open to litigation? Landowners could still be liable for accidents involving hillwalkers

Wording of 1995 Occupiers’ Liability Act has not been altered and remains in force

Maurice McCabe: “Finding justice for Maurice McCabe is a side issue to the boxset drama series that is politics.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire Oliver Callan: It is time to fire a few top civil servants

We need to be able to hold senior civil servants to account for decisions that harm citizens

 “It is difficult to see how whoever succeeds Enda Kenny could do a worse job of it than he did this week.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins Noel Whelan: FF needs something bigger to collapse the Government

Enda Kenny’s rickety relationships all took a hit over his handling of the McCabe scandal

The Policing Authority does not displace the government or Department of Justice in Garda governance to any significant degree. It is a pale shadow of the old police authorities in England and Wales and the current Policing Board in Northern Ireland Dark side of the Garda will persist in the absence of radical reforms

Fundamental flaws in Garda governance cannot be papered over by an endless succession of inquiries

US president Donald  Trump with a US marine while seeing off Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu  following their meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA Simon Jenkins: Yes, Donald Trump is a monster. But his agenda isn’t all bad

Insults won’t damage him – they shore up his image as a brave outsider attempting a new form of government

Leadership issue now dominating the thoughts of Fine Gael TDs. Photograph: Eric Luke Stephen Collins: Enda Kenny’s time draws to an end as TDs begin to lose faith

Fear of an election convinces many backbenchers that a new leader is needed

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