China and its Wuhan region are big producers of ingredients for pharmaceutical companies and some big players with operations here, such as Pfizer and Mylan, have warned about disruption. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg Cliff Taylor: Coronavirus has already hit the economy

Supplies and health pose risks parallel to Brexit and require new financial forecasts

Democratic presidential frontrunner Senator Bernie Sanders  speaks to supporters on February 27, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Who’s Afraid of Bernie Sanders?

He represents a direct threat to the “billionaire class” that has dominated American politics in both parties

Mary Lou McDonald at a Sinn Féin rally at Liberty Hall, Dublin.  Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times David McWilliams: ‘I’m all right Jack’ politics has fuelled the rise of Sinn Féin

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil helped create Mary Lou McDonald’s electoral juggernaut

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: The UK casts Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney as naive slaves of the EU, unwittingly preparing themselves for sacrifice at the hands of the Brussels elite. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen Britain is uncomfortable because Ireland has the upper hand for the first time

Finn McRedmond: UK cannot see the State as a nation realising its voice on the international stage

Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin and Mary Lou McDonald: The party is the 21st-century face of a progressive Irish left. Photograph: Tom Honan Northern Ireland is united in annoyance at Republic’s ignorance on Sinn Féin

Unionists and nationalists cannot believe the breathtaking hypocrisy in the South at party’s surge

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  in Dublin, before the general election. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA Fine Gael’s sulking will further erode public confidence in our democracy

Stephen Collins: Sinn Féin’s rallies show the need for other parties to get on with forming government

Last week, reporters caught up with (left to right) Eoin Ó Broin, Louise O’Reilly, Pearse Doherty, and Matt Carthy – Sinn Féin’s Front-of-House-Four – on their way into Government Buildings. What about their newly elected Réada Cronin and her series of anti-Semitic tweets, they were asked. ‘She has apologised. That was the right thing to do,’ said Doherty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Anne Harris: Sinn Féin has a real problem with contrition

It is as if they have found they can message everything away, that they are untouchable

Some are asking why Garda Commissioner Drew Harris confirmed the 2015 report when asked by a journalist, instead of saying ‘no comment’. His northern counterpart tried that and only made matters worse. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell Newton Emerson: Letting IRA exist just enough to not exist taints politics

Report saying army council has influence over Sinn Féin came about as way to prevent collapse of Stormont

Partner violence is a serious and pervasive social problem that warrants critical attention and a robust response from the criminal justice system. One must not be pitted against the other.  Photograph: Getty Images Flack’s death raises difficult questions about partner violence

Feminists have fought long and hard to have all forms of domestic violence acknowledged as a public issue

Cork’s Patrick Collins wearing the commemorative jersey displaying Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho Why Cork GAA is wrong to wrap €70 jersey around War of Independence

The inescapable impression it has helped create is that of the GAA being somehow intimately associated with the events being commemorated

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives for the reconvening of the 33rd Dail Eireann following the recent Election on February 20, 2020 in Dublin. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) Excluding Sinn Féin from Government is hypocrisy and also bad politics

The moral imperative should be to include them not exclude them at this stage

Ireland was a cold, lonely and isolating place. It was before #MeToo and watershed moments like the conviction of Harvey Weinstein in a New York courtroom on Monday. Photograph: Angela Weiss/Getty Images ‘I woke up the next day in a guy’s house covered in bruises’

Ireland’s culture of putting men first is particularly odious in the context of sexual violence

Election to Dáil Éireann  entails a rejection of the notion that the army council was, or is, the legitimate successor to the  Irish Republic. Clarity that such a rejection is now part of Sinn Féin’s claim to be part of the government would be a small step towards determining where their loyalties as citizens and would-be ministers really lie. Photograph: Collins Photos Sinn Féin’s problem with names much more than mere wordplay

Michael McDowell: Loyalty to the State a duty of every citizen – and by extension members of the government

 As court officers escorted Harvey Weinstein off to custody, he left behind the walking frame on which he had conspicuously leaned for much of the trial. A telling detail about the man.   Photograph: Todd Heisler/the New York Times Kathy Sheridan: The trial of Harvey Weinstein is far from over

Kathy Sheridan: The fight now moves on to Los Angeles

Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Féin. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Fintan O’Toole: If murderous dissidents are wrong, so was Provisional IRA

Sinn Féin has to stop legitimising terror

“The Sanders surge is  placing pressure on the remaining candidates to consider their positions. The lowest-ranking candidates such as Amy Klobuchar, billionaire Tom Steyer, and Tulsi Gabbard are still in the race.”  Photograph: Michael B Thomas/AFP/Gett It may be too late to stop Bernie Sanders winning Democratic nomination

Veteran socialist has broadened his support base significantly from four years ago

Pope Francis: Heresy is back. In a big way. You know this is the case when that old rhetorical question “is the Pope a Catholic?” doesn’t work anymore; especially when a vocal minority suspect he isn’t.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia A bit of heresy now and then does the Catholic Church no harm

Allowing God to do what God does best: write straight with crooked lines

More than 20 million people or about 4 per cent of EU inhabitants are from some other member state and that percentage continues to grow. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images Eastern Europe faces a demographic crisis of its own making

Ethno-nationalism prevails and the fear of the vanishing of the nation is strong

In the Dublin Docklands regeneration redevelopable port land was  freed up by port transformation. Photograph: Getty Images The call to relocate Dublin Port is based on faulty thinking

It is not enough to believe that everyone will have access to knowledge economy jobs and live in high-end dockland housing

Having spent a campaign attacking Sinn Féin – a tactic which completely backfired – Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil politicians are now continuing that failed approach.  Photograph: Getty Images Una Mullally: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil must ask ‘what do we stand for?’

Sinn Féin has benefitted from Fine Gael’s vapid neoliberalism and lack of engagement on issues that matter to people

Leaving the stage: German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty David McWilliams: Germany needs a new business model

Germany may be about to enter a convulsive period economically, socially and politically

Danny McCoy of Ibec has issued a warning about the shrinking of the State. Photograph: Alan Betson Fintan O’Toole: Irish voters' actions are not populist – just sensible

Even the business community recognises our public sector is currently too small

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  with party members at Leinster House.  He set out in the Dáil in clear and unambiguous terms his problems with Sinn Féin.  Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Pat Leahy: Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will not crawl off and leave McDonald the stage

The Greens will also require concessions for government that FF and FG will find difficult

A pedestrian walks past election posters in Dublin ahead of the general election. File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images Anti-Irish bigotry in Britain has not gone away

Reaction in UK to Sinn Féin’s election result is the latest example of continuing entitlement

The first sitting of the 33rd Dáil in Leinster House this week. Photograph: Maxwell Photography We need to avoid a fantasy programme for government

Cliff Taylor: The next programme must send a message by planning to do less

Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Barcelona, on Friday. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images Us adults should stop rolling our eyes about Greta Thunberg

Breda O’Brien: Young people are paralysed with fear about the planet, and we must take action

For all the talk of new dawns, the idea of FF and FG sharing power is not unprecedented. Photograph: Alan Betson Diarmaid Ferriter: A survival guide for coalition government in Ireland

Successful coalitions need a common purpose, and smaller parties must prioritise

Mark Zuckerberg finds his company blamed for facilitating the subversion of democracy, genocide, the destruction of whole industries and self-harm among young people – among other things. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire We must beware Big Tech companies seeking regulation

World View: In pushing for digital regulation, such firms hope to shape it in their own interests

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. ‘The big winners this time were Sinn Féin, the party most vociferous in its attacks on all aspects of government policy.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg Stephen Collins: Reluctance of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to govern understandable

One in three voters bought idea that Ireland is a hellhole in need of radical left policies

Irish and British former civil servants and diplomats Michael Lillis, Seán Donlon, Noel Dorr, Tony Brennan (seated), Robert Armstrong, Robert Andrews and David Goodall at an Anglo-Irish Agreement 25th anniversary reception at the Irish Embassy in London in 2010. Can the Merrion Street-Whitehall axis survive Brexit?

We risk of the return of separate bureaucratic silos in the Anglo-Irish relationship

‘While many aspects of the Irish healthcare system result in very positive outcomes for citizens, many experience significant access issues, and Ireland’s long waiting lists and regular trolley crises are well publicised.’ File photograph: Getty Images New government will have to confront the need to raise taxes

If we want better services and infrastructure we must collect adequate revenue

A black swan and a reflection. John McManus: A black swan moment for Sinn Féin?

Events characterised by failure of the supposedly clairvoyant to predict the future accurately

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald addressing a party meeting in Belfast. Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire Newton Emerson: Under what conditions would FF or FG share power with SF?

The Republic has perhaps one more electoral cycle to normalise Mary Lou McDonald’s party

A man carries his belongings through a street destroyed in recent bombings by the Syrian government forces in the town of Sarmin, in Idblib province, Syria. Photograph: Ghaith Alsayed/AP Syria would be better off had West intervened directly in war

Messy democracy would have been better than dictatorship with no change likely

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. ‘We shouldn’t forget that this so-called most liberal Conservative is also the prime minister who – during his tenure as mayor of London – purchased water cannon to spray protestors off the streets.’ Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn/AFP Finn McRedmond: Johnson pulls up drawbridge on immigration

Efforts to cast himself as a liberal Conservative now sullied beyond repair

 David Cullinane of Sinn Féin: as long as their own representatives bring up the murky past, it is the media’s job to report it. This is not bias. It was not a mainstream journalist who dredged it up by shouting “Up the Ra” as recently as election night or suggesting that they “broke the Free State”. Photograph: Patrick Browne Memo to Sinn Féin: Not ‘Southern State’ or ‘Free State’, the name is Ireland

Kathy Sheridan: Sinn Féin must grow accustomed to a vastly higher degree of accountability

British television presenter Caroline Flack: her arrest and charge with assault precipitated her becoming a target of much abuse. File photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters Tabloid culture rightly in the dock over Caroline Flack’s death

A negative story can encourage trolls to abuse celebrities and non-famous online

Leo Varadkar: In the Virgin TV debate he decided to wrong-foot Micheál Martin by making him an unexpected offer of Fine Gael support for a Fianna Fáil-led government. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA Fine Gael should swallow its pretend humility

Michael McDowell: Leo Varadkar cannot walk away from offer to support FF-led government

In the general election exit poll, housing was by far the biggest issue for people under 35; health drew level with it for those between 35 and 50; and for the 50- and 60-somethings, health was far ahead of housing. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters Fintan O’Toole: Post-election urgency needed as voters run out of patience

Time not on side of electorate in terms of housing and health

Pope Francis’s removal of the pontifical secret from canon law trials involving clerical sexual offences “has opened the way to a new era of transparency”. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP Removal of ‘pontifical secret’ in clerical sex abuse trials a step forward for justice

Move brings balance of rights to victim and allows sharing of files with civil authorities

Everywhere, Sinn Féin is selected by people disproportionately dissatisfied with Fine Gael.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg Sinn Féin must try and do a deal with other left parties

Party now has mandate and the allies to build public housing at heroic rate

We  will not deliver the required housing numbers at affordable levels unless the private and public sectors work hand-in-glove in the spirit of appropriate collaboration. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Housing is at crisis point – it is time to park ideology and build

Mutual public and private sector wariness must yield to creative construction

This election was coloured not just by the desire for change, but also an electorate being able to conceptualise the possibility for change because of how much Irish society has changed in the past five years or so. Photograph: Damien Eagers Una Mullally: Ireland's social revolution sparked change election

The recent referendums showed the Irish electorate that radical change is possible

Germany’s grand coalition government is getting more Irish by the day. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien Ireland should beware the perils of a grand coalition

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael must heed the lessons of Germany’s 15-year coalition

On all the big issues there’s not much between the parties. They are all pro-EU. Mary Lou McDonald has said a Border poll can wait. And all parties support the 12.5% tax rate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA David McWilliams: Which coalition contenders are most economically compatible?

There is not much between the coalition candidates on policy – until it comes to tax

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