Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: needs a non-Brexit election. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Pat Leahy: Fianna Fáil is not acting solely in the national interest

Micheál Martin has backed extension of Government deal due to fear of a Brexit election

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in Brussels: Sane centrist voices in Westminster should focus on getting parliamentary majority for withdrawing the article 50 letter of application. Photograph: John Thys Noel Whelan: Pressing pause on Brexit would be best thing to do

UK is racing chaotically towards March’s exit deadline. Time is needed to find a solution

Excluding short extracts from neighbouring rights will lead publishers and news agencies to employ fewer journalists. Then what will be the sources of information? State media? Authoritarian regimes? Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters Europe must not back down on internet giants paying for news

Directive on use of news agency and press material should not be diluted

Irish troops moving over the captured German second line at Cambrai: Great War casualties and absent voters affected election results, particularly for the Irish Party and unionists. Photograph: Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Sinn Féin landslide in 1918 not quite what it seemed

Homogenous desire for self-determination doubtful as SF got just 46.9% of vote

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald called for a Border poll as part of the Government’s no-deal Brexit planning.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins Sinn Féin’s Border poll behaviour does not add up

Mary Lou McDonald’s party is not acting as if historic goal of Irish unification is in sight

John Major in Dublin this week. The fundamentally decent side of British democracy was represented when the former British prime minister travelled to Longford to deliver the Albert Reynolds memorial lecture and also spoke in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan Decent middle England should reassert itself over Brexit

British public opinion helped persuade UK government to grant our independence

Ireland’s housing crisis is urgent but we are not alone.  Photograph: Reuters/ Cathal McNaughton European cities, if united, can create affordable housing

Viewing property as a commodity creates a housing crisis; seeing it as a human right balances social stability

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “The collective strength of the EU and the stability and solidarity that is at the heart of our EU membership will be the most important contingency we have after Brexit.” Photograph: Alan Betson Simon Coveney: Irish preparations for no-deal Brexit to accelerate

Increasing unpredictability in London means planning for no-deal scenario will now be prioritised

Boris Johnson on BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show”: crowned Idiot of the Year by the “Economist”. Photograph: Jeff Overs Kathy Sheridan: Brexit is a monument to Tory overconfidence

Faulty assessments, unrealistic expectations and hazardous decisions are UK’s norm

Eileen Lemass  with Brian Lenihan, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins among others   at a New Ireland Forum meeting at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly How the ‘widow’s mandate’ was women’s main route to Dáil

We should never forget those who carved out a role in a male-dominated system

Comic capers: “The terms and conditions of Brexit now look like they were written by the Marx Brothers.” File photograph: Getty Images UK has two options: a people’s vote or Liechtenstein Plus

Fintan O’Toole: Brexit looks like it was written by Marx Brothers

Adrienne Cullen: “By the time my results were found by accident two years later, I had a large tumour, and treatment was too late to cure me. I am now terminally ill.” Hospitals must face up to medical errors that cost patient’s life

‘There would be no record anything had ever harmed Adrienne Cullen at UMCU’

The birth of Christ at Christmas gives thoughtful Christians a particular sensibility regarding abortion. Aborted unborn feeling pain is an inconvenient truth

Rite&Reason: Ignoring sentient nature of unborn beings keeps door closed on their humanity

The Liberties in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Una Mullally: Dublin council may waste a golden opportunity in the Liberties

Marrowbone Lane site should be used for the community, not to build a super-depot

Thousands of Australian students walked out of their schools last month demanding action on climate change from Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: EPA Ireland is burning its children’s futures to the ground through climate change inaction

School protests worldwide show anger over lack of action on this unfolding tragedy

People take part in a ‘Brexit Betrayal’ march organised by Ukip in central London. Photograph: PA Britain faces an increasingly dangerous reality on Brexit

Alarm bells are ringing as time runs out without a majority for anything

Why not use the Apple money, the €14bn which is lying idle in an account, to build houses? David McWilliams: It is time for a new deal with the multinationals

We could give windfalls from international firms to young entrepreneurs

'Kate O’Connell's comments show the new, ugly mood, where only complete submission to the dominant ideological frame will be tolerated.' Photograph: Cyril Byrne Breda O’Brien: Kate O’Connell's shocking outburst is part of an oppressive culture

Fine Gael Deputy's triumphalist remarks in the Dáil on abortion are the new reality

Next year may be a year of reckoning. Let’s hope part of that is not due to a potentially chaotic no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Cliff Taylor: The outlook for 2019 brings uncertainty to a new level

Trump policies and Brexit lurk as threats to Ireland while boost from global growth will weaken

Dublin  and Tipperary in the All-Ireland senior camogie final in 1984. Photograph: Eddie Kelly Diarmaid Ferriter: Camogie has survived, but it has not triumphed

Unesco status for the game is welcome, but it remains shoddily treated compared with hurling

A bus with students from anti-Brexit protest group ‘Our Future Our Choice’ demonstrates outside  Stormont  in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne Post-Brexit Britain may not want to pay for Northern Ireland

English voters overwhelmingly want their money spent in England, not in the North

Paschal Donohoe. Ultimately politicians will give voters what they demand, whether that is wise or not. People-pleasing politicians could endanger the Irish economy

Pat Leahy: Public myopia and our political culture are obstacles to economic prudence

St Vincent’s University  Hospital. A fear remains, erroneously, that the maternity hospital’s ownership and governance model, and its perceived Catholic institutional ethos, will limit services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne New maternity hospital is too urgent an issue for rows over church and State

The project is at risk of sinking into a quagmire of politicking and moralising

Leinster House. Micheál Martin has offered the Taoiseach  immunity against a general election until after Brexit Noel Whelan: Why May 24th next year could be a crucial day in Irish politics

Ireland’s electoral timeline now in abeyance pending outcome of current British crisis

It is “frightening” that with less than a month to go, there are no agreed models of care, published clinical guidelines or updated Medical Council ethical guidelines, no clarification regarding feticide or failed medical termination presenting beyond 12 weeks, no substantive engagement with paediatricians in relation to life-limiting anomalies, and no satisfactory responses to many other clinical concerns that have been highlighted. Photograph: PA January deadline for abortion service dangerously unrealistic

Rushed introduction will pose serious threat to health and wellbeing of women

You could argue the toss about Paschal Donohoe’s maths and Leo Varadkar’s dissembling but what is inescapable is that they are not listening to the one body whose mandate is to ensure prudent economic management to ensure we avoid a repetition of the economic catastrophe that enveloped us in 2008. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Varadkar and Rees-Mogg have different tailors but wear much the same clothes

Worrying to see Taoiseach and Paschal Donohoe demonstrating ambivalence to expertise

A combination of video grabs from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Could the Dáil ever find the Government to be in contempt?

Recent House of Commons motion raises issues around publication of legal advice to government

 A lorry passes a sign  near the Border. The backstop deal ensuring a frictionless border is jeopardising by a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images Time for Dublin to consider a tactical retreat on Brexit

Varadkar and Coveney have sought credit for success but they are equally exposed to failure

Understandable popular resentment at higher fuel prices has been exploited by an unholy alliance of right and left-wing extremists who went on a rampage in Paris and other French cities which left four people dead, hundreds badly injured and millions of euro worth of property destroyed. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA Emmanuel Macron pays price for doing the right thing

Protests over fuel price rises in France provide a salutary lesson for political leaders

 The  metallurgical plant  in Nizhny Tagil, one of  the dirtiest cities in Russia, where  the concentration of benzopyrene in the air is 13 times  the permissible level. Scientists say the form and pace of the world’s response to climate change will shape the health of nations for centuries to come. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA Responding to climate change good for our health

Policymakers should grasp ‘greatest global health opportunity’ of 21st century’

Post-delivery, exhausted, possibly injured, new mothers negotiate a fractious, fragile newborn with cribs and accoutrements in a cramped, tiny space in a crammed, six-bed ward in Holles Street. How is this an acceptable beginning for the new lives we are supposed to cherish, along with labouring women and highly pressurised staff?  Glacial pace of new maternity hospital a national scandal

Planning deadlines loom, building costs rise and not a block has been laid

It was in Ulster, where the flight of the Gaelic earls opened the way for the plantation of Scottish and English Protestant settlers, that a British identity took shape. After all, the Ulster Plantation was the first real British policy because it involved both the Scots and the English working together. Brexit reveals how hollow notion of British nation is

Flight of the earls opened way for British identity to take shape in Ulster

 Leo Varadkar: It’s clear there’s a serious disconnect between the daily difficulties the Taoiseach’s “hard-working people” face and his expensive tax promises, which come straight from Fianna Fáil’s discredited playbook. Photograph: PA Leo Varadkar channelling his inner Bertie Ahern with tax cut promises

Taoiseach wants to use your money in a cynical attempt to buy votes

A general view of the entrance of the Court of Justice of European Union in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA The path to remain just got easier

Europe’s highest court believes MPs can cancel Brexit

Do we have to see children being tear-gassed on the US-Mexico border before we believe that a slide into authoritarianism is under way?  Do we have to crucify Christ in every generation before we can understand our own capacity for cruelty? Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters  Fintan O'Toole: We are losing our collective mechanism for survival

Fintan O’Toole: Why must we experience the worst before we can believe in it?

 Cars burn as Gilets Jaunes protesters wearing yellow vests clash with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. There are  between four and eight million people from working families fighting for recognition from a French state they feel has abandoned them for decades. Photograph:Yoan Valat/EPA Grappling with France’s high-visibility, low-resolution revolution

Popular revolt has been brewing for 50 years

Religious writer Thomas Merton, pictured in the late 1930s. File photograph: Getty Images This turbulent monk: Did the CIA kill vocal war critic Thomas Merton?

Mystery still surrounds death of noted Catholic writer in Thailand 50 years ago

A security  guard stands outside a media venue before a news conference by  Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, during the G20 Leaders Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins Let’s be honest about what’s really driving Brexit: bigotry

Those who promise that leaving the EU will deliver “control” are really promising something quite specific: a social and cultural reboot

A child and a woman break rocks at a cobalt pit in Lubumbashi in the DRC. Photograph: Junior Kannah/AFP/Getty Images Cobalt mining shows clean energy revolution comes at a price

Human rights abuses in DRC cast shadow over trade in mineral used in batteries

A computer-generated image of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital. Abject lack of clarity over religious role in new maternity hospital

Minister must address questions over role of Sisters of Charity in relation to hospital

Minister for Health Simon Harris. “Harris plays complex language games directed at people of good faith who do not endorse abortions where the baby has a disability.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne Harris must explain his volte face on abortion

The Minister’s legislation requires doctors to involve themselves actively in ending the baby’s life

Bernie Sanders: what underlies his movement and gives him energy, is the objective to give more and more people access to some of the enormous wealth of the country.  Photograph: Kathryn Gamble/The New York Times David McWilliams: Sanders is building a new political movement and could run again

Building a broad coalition against Donald Trump means convincing working, blue-collar Americans

Former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín is beginning to establish a new political movement with a broad political platform. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill A new political movement in Ireland is long overdue

There is an appetite for change and Peadar Tóibín may be the politician to make it happen

 Tocqueville: the Frenchman’s two-volume account of his travels in the United States in 1831 retains a freshness What Tocqueville would make of today’s American landscape

Some of his fears about the durability of US democracy have been realised

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri as she arrives for the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires:  Brexit debate is still based on a lack of reality about what might be available. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci Cliff Taylor: We are heading into a maze of Brexit uncertainty and risk

No one can say what happens next if Theresa May loses vote on her exit plan

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