Pride Dublin 2017: We all share this island, so it’s only right that we ultimately share the same rights. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan Una Mullally: We must support our LGBT brothers and sisters in NI

DUP actions on marriage equality still mean-spirited and rooted in discrimination

Article 17.2 of the Constitution provides that the Dáil shall not appropriate public money for any purpose unless the Government has first recommended that purpose to the Dáil by a Money Message signed by the Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson Government relying on little-known rule to block Bills

Blocking Bills by refusing Money Message is unprecedented in past 50 years

“Print circulation and advertising slip further every year, with little realistic prospect that digital revenues will make up the shortfall in the visible future.” Hugh Linehan: Is it time for publicly funding serious journalism?

Threat to public-interest journalism from market decline raises issue of State support

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. “Interrogating the commissioner before the Public Accounts Committee has become a political blood sport.” Photograph: Eric Luke Diarmaid Ferriter: Wanted – independent civilian Garda chief

Irish policing is firmly wedded to politics but it has not been a successful marriage

In terms of academic achievement, our expectations of young Irish people are definitely lower than they were 50 years ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times Exam reforms in England and Ireland are very different

England has gone for long, demanding exams; we have shortened ours dramatically

The long goodbye: European Council president Donald Tusk with British prime minister Theresa May, June 22nd. Photograph: AP Brexit will force creative thinking on status of North

Hard or soft? Complex Ireland question is the opportunity for a less binary approach

Political gamble: Máire Whelan is formally appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Meet the new politics. Same as the old politics

Pat Leahy: Leo Varadkar has to break the mould to emulate Blair and Macron

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arrives at Leinster House on Tuesday for her appearance before the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Fintan O’Toole: Nóirín O’Sullivan fluent in Wyssn and Mangleish

Obfuscating Garda Commissioner has taken unaccountablity to a new level in Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar puts on his suit jacket as he arrives to greet Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street.  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Oliver Callan: Leo and Micheál are the stars of their own romcom, actually

The new Taoiseach and the Fianna Fáil leader nearly broke up this week

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The battle between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has been recast by the change in leadership in the former. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA Noel Whelan: Varadkar and Martin lock horns in dominance fight

New dynamic emerges between parties but not over Whelan appointment

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: has just been appointed crown prince by his father, King Salman bin Abdelaziz Saudi. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty ‘Prince of oil and war’ set to take helm in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman drove invasion of Yemen and already taunts Iran and Qatar

Cath lab: each additional 10km that patients must travel could increase absolute mortality rates by 1 per cent. Photograph: Jolife/Physio-Control Why won’t the HSE invest €2.4m to save six extra lives every year?

Waterford cath-lab decision shows Government hiding behind flawed report

When asked why they do not pay for online news, 53 per cent of Irish respondents say it is because news is available for free and 25 per cent believe it is not worth paying for. Photograph: Getty Images Do the public have a responsibility to pay for online news?

Young people most likely to pay for online news in Ireland, report finds

The burned-out shell of the Grenfell Tower block. “The right decry the “politicisation” of this human-made disaster, but to avoid talking about the politics of this calamity is like trying to understand rain without discussing weather, or illness without biology.” NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images Owen Jones: The old Tory order is crumbling – it’s taken Grenfell for us to really see it

Similar to the collapse of the postwar social democratic contract, the neo-liberal Thatcherite consensus has also been rejected

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attend a joint press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 13, 2017.    REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Philip Stephens: Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May tell the tale of two nations

Optimism now belongs to the continent’s capitals. Growth is picking up, populists are in retreat

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May after talks at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Philip Toscano/Getty Images Stephen Collins: Varadkar right to defend Whelan move

Wobble on inherited appointment decision would have worsened bad situation

London visit: Theresa May looked at Leo Varadkar like he was the star of her own personal rom-com. Photograph:  Philip Toscano/WPA Pool/Getty Images Newton Emerson: DUP Tory deal will make NI politics more complicated

Opinion: Belfast Agreement requires the British government to act with impartiality

 Leo Varadkar appointed just three women as Ministers of State in his Cabinet reshuffle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times Una Mullally: Taoiseach needs to wake up to gender equality in Government

Although Varadkar likes to see himself in vein of Macron and Trudeau, he has fallen at first hurdle they bounded over

 Amazon is set to acquire high-end grocer Whole Foods Market  for $13.7bn. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Why is Amazon buying a supermarket chain?

Either Jeff Bezos has lost his bearings or many people think about Amazon in the wrong way

Máire Whelan, President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday during the  signing of  the warrant appointing Ms Whelan to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Echoes of Whelehan fiasco in Whelan judicial appointment

Judicial appointments board’s inertia exposed by elevation to Court of Appeal

 British prime minister Theresa May’s popularity ratings have plummeted to 34, roughly where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s were last November. Photograph: Getty Images Kathy Sheridan: May and Corbyn two sides of the same coin

Labour leader may have handled the Grenfell disaster better but he is flawed too

Had Thomas Power made it to Cork, he would most likely have had treatment to unblock his coronary arteries, known as angioplasty. Photograph: Alan Betson Ambulance death shows need for cardiac services in southeast

Thomas Power’s passing is evidence we lack resources to handle emergencies

“Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’ will now join the long list of ironic British euphemisms.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA UK politics has become a very British farce

Theresa May adrift without UK economic policy as Brexit negotiations begin

Military ships are seen during a naval exercise by US and Qatar troops in the Arabian Gulf, Qatar, June 16, 2017. Qatar has reason to be thankful for the large US military presence in the country. Were it not for that, the Qataris would be much more vulnerable to a Saudi-led military intervention. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon Gideon Rachman: The Qatar crisis has global implications

A security crisis in the Gulf state would be felt in boardrooms and finance ministries all over the world.

Minute’s silence for Grenfell Tower: right-wing sneering leads to the blackened cage of “the outrageous crematorium on the skyline” of west London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Fintan O'Toole: Trump and Brexit are the result when government stops helping people

Decades of deriding public service has led the UK and US into political anarchy

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images Varadkar and Donohoe should talk to Yanis Varoufakis

Ex-Greek finance minister lays bare lack of accountability in European machine

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves Finsbury Park mosque, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Visits last week by May and her colleagues to the Grenfell Tower disaster sites have been badly handled, ineffective and twitchy.  EPA/SEAN DEMPSEY Mathew d’Ancona: The Tories have learned nothing about compassion

The response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy represents a far more serious challenge to the party than the election result

Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone: Their 2006 legal case began a conversation about love, and what it meant to have that love recognised. Photograph: David Sleator Una Mullally: In praise of Ann Louise Gilligan

With Katherine Zappone she was the spark that lit Ireland’s marriage equality movement

One of the Borough Market attackers: Governments in the Middle East and North Africa must engage the conservative Muslim clerics within their own borders – the individuals responsible for filling young people’s heads with hatred. Photograph: Gabriele Sciotto/AP Middle East and African states must help Europe fight terror

Muslim states must try and talk to conservative clerics, not jail or torture them

Housing market: Surely, Irish citizens and consumers deserve more than shoddy State reports on mortgage interest rates. Melding consumer protection and competition policy mistaken

Mortgage market and lending issues expose flaw in creating single State agency

DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson, Nigel Dodds and Emma Pengelly emerge from 10 Downing Street on Thursday after after holding talks with Theresa May. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: DUP’s crush on Britain will end badly

Conservative party thinks of England as it clasps Democratic Unionists to its bosom

British prime minister Theresa May: before Brexit she predicted “Border controls” if the referendum was carried; now, she speaks disingenuously of a “frictionless” Border. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Diarmaid Ferriter: Ireland is back on the menu in Westminster

Will Theresa May’s newfound interest in Ireland pay dividends?

The young woman was in acute crisis and the psychiatrist judged that an abortion would not solve all her problems. This hints the crisis was not purely because of the pregnancy. It rarely is. Breda O’Brien: Questions remain about detained pregnant teenager

Outrage about detaining an expectant woman ignores possible consequences

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “The new Taoiseach needs to set Brexit preparation as the key economic priority.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg Cliff Taylor: Varadkar will find it hard to get stuff done

Political debate disappears down a rabbit hole each year as budget day approaches

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Will he rescind Máire Whelan’s appointment  and reopen the process? Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Máire Whelan appointment is Taoiseach’s first problem

Leo Varadkar response to controversy over Court of Appeal role will signal political path

Guangdong Communist Party secretary Hu Chunhua. One of the most influential people you’ve never heard of spent three days in Ireland last week. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images. Ruadhán Mac Cormaic: At the Brexit crossroads, go east

Government’s Brexit message differs in subtle but important ways depending on audience

Thirty people have been confirmed dead and dozens still missing after the 24-storey residential Grenfell Tower block in London was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images Could something like the Grenfell Tower fire happen in Ireland?

Many buildings constructed during last building boom did not comply with fire regulations

The newly elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with his predecessor Enda Kenny at Leinster House. Photograph: Maxwell Photography Oliver Callan: Varadkar’s next generation Fine Gael is the same as the old one

He is globalist, anti-abortion and fired a class missile with his anti-welfare fraud campaign

A Kurdish fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) fires a 120mm mortar round in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters Colum Kenny: What’s going on in Raqqa and Mosul?

Arab lives matter. So why are we not seeing more of the impact of fighting on civilians in these cities?

New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reshuffled his Cabinet. Noel Whelan: Varadkar reshuffle is one of the most startling ever

Contrary to media commentary, the Taoiseach may have overdone it in terms of changes

John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce on Sandymount Strand on the 50th-anniversary of Bloomsday, June 16th, 1954. Why we should stand up for Aosdána this Bloomsday

The artists’ association should not be attacked on the grounds of value for money

Outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan was nominated on Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley Attorney General controversy reveals Government’s hypocrisy

Máire Whelan’s appointment to the Court of Appeal undermines judicial reforms

Does banning polygamy actually harm women?

States that don’t recognise polygamous unions can deny women their matrimonial rights, and thereby reinforce the associated harm

Armed police stand over  one of the terrorists  shot at the scene of the attack outside Borough Market in central London on June 3rd. Photograph: Gabriele Sciotto/AFP/Getty Images Bart Somers: Eight ways to stop the spread of radical Islam in Irish cities

It is less difficult to prevent radicalisation than it is to try to de-radicalise an individual

Leo Varadkar after he was elected Taoiseach on Wednesday, at Leinster House.  Photograph: Collins Photos Can Leo Varadkar actually seize his opportunity?

It remains to be seen if the Taoiseach has the ability or temperament to achieve his goals

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