Coffins of the victims of the Srebrenica massacre are taken from a former battery factory in Potocari, about three miles from Srebrenica, to be buried at a nearby cemetery and memorial centre in Bosnia, on July 10th, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times World View: We are failing to stop atrocities

Powers of ICC and UN Security Council must be bolstered to enable action with real teeth

The late Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative, pro-life, pro-family, stay-at-home-mom: subject of Mrs America TV series.  Photograph:  Stephanie S Cordle/New York Times Maria Steen: ‘Progressive’ views permeate daily life

Rights are being trampled on, propelled by opinions of media elite

Apple chief executive Tim Cook with former taoiseach Enda Kenny the company’s campus in Cork in 2014. Cliff Taylor: Win or lose, Apple tax ruling will be bad news for Ireland

European court decision due this week will put corporate tax policy back under spotlight

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: Perhaps he will never be forgiven by his own party for showing it how it had to change to regain power. Photograph:  Maxwells Pat Leahy: Fianna Fáil acting like a circular firing squad

Unless party pulls itself together, it will fail to withstand challenges of government

Catherine Martin, newly appointed Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht, receives her seal of office from President Michael D Higgins in June. Photograph: Maxwells Diarmaid Ferriter: How can you be Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and Gaeltacht?

The arts have long been starved of funding and given a minor role in government policy

 Green Party Senator Pippa Hackett (right) has been appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Land Use and Biodiversity but this new role needs clarification.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Departmental shake-up does not bode well for long neglected biodiversity crisis

National Parks and Wildlife Service has never been given sufficient political backing

Micheál Martin: will have a difficult enough job contending with the political fallout from the daily grind of events.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/ Taoiseach needs to show zero tolerance for dubious ministerial behaviour

New Government has an opportunity to build on trust public has shown over recent months

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak delivering his summer economic statement in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images UK’s pandemic package could be a pointer to Ireland’s own stimulus plans

What both governments’ schemes have in common is that not everybody will be happy

Polish president Andrzej Duda, a vocal supporter of the populist PiS Law and Justice Party greets supporters in Lomza, central Poland. Since the president can veto legislation there is more at stake in this election than the domestic and international projection of a figurehead. Photograph: Getty Images EU should take this chance to put pressure on Poland over eroding democracy

Country about to receive €16bn from EU’s coronavirus fund

Dublin Airport: The open travel area between Britain and Ireland means  the  Government cannot join EU agreements on borders unless the British government does so too. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Naomi O’Leary: Ireland’s travel policy curbed by Britain

State’s unique political and geographic siting severs us from EU agreements on borders

The warming relationship between DUP First Minister Arlene Foster and her Sinn Féin opposite number Michelle O’Neill is back to frosty formality. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Newton Emerson: Funeral raises questions over how much SF president McDonald is in charge

North’s parties are tired of constantly second-guessing shadowy forces behind Sinn Féin

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly launching the CovidTracker App in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Use Covid tracker app if you wish, but be sure to wear a face covering

There is scant evidence that apps are effective, but mounting evidence masks are

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at the funeral of Bobby Storey in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire Storey funeral highlights fundamental problems with Sinn Féin

Party’s real power exercised not by politicians but by unaccountable politburo

Public-service announcement posters in Melbourne counter a conspiracy theory that 5G technology causes Covid-19. Photograph: William West/AFP via Getty Images Kathy Sheridan: Covid pandemic a fertile ground for conspiracists, zealots and bigots

Polls show high percentage of populations harbouring belief in conspiracy theories

We can build better, safer and more just societies based on our understanding that human nature defaults to good rather than evil. If we do that we’ll be able to replicate and grow the good we’ve seen all around us long after the novel coronavirus has been defeated. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill We’ve now seen that selfless, courageous action is not the preserve of saints or superheroes

Rite&Reason: The co-operation, selflessness, love and altruism we’ve seen has shown us sides to ourselves we never knew existed

Dublin Airport the day after the third phase of coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Telling people not to travel overseas on holiday is wrong-headed

Preventing travel will not suppress Covid-19 when it is still circulating in Ireland

Micheál Martin: Maybe he’s been worn down in the two decades since. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire Fintan O’Toole: Young Micheál Martin had courage to face dark truths

In 1999 the then minister for education made brave choices. Does he still have it in him?

Grafton Street: Many people are adopting a wait-and-see approach before heading to hairdressers, pubs and cafes.   Photograph: Alan Betson Stop spread of ‘covidigilantism’ as we exercise judgment

No one throws caution to wind as personal responsibilty slithers out as public policy

Taoiseach Micheál Martin flanked by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire Coalition will last longer than sceptics predict

Similar coalition governments across Europe typically last more than 900 days

If women have been harassed off the stage, perhaps the only option left is to turn the spotlight on themselves. Photograph: iStock Una Mullally: Women denying their abusers darkness they crave

Irish comedy and trad the latest industries caught up in a moment of epic truth-telling

CAsh The Irish Times view on banks’ mortgage policies: time for a little understanding

No-one wants a return to the loose lending of the past but a little understanding of the stresses being experienced by customers who simply want to put a roof over their head wouldn’t go amiss either

US president-elect  Donald Trump  and his wife Melania arrive for an inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on January 19th, 2017.  Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: Future of the American republic is in grave danger unless Trump is defeated

If Donald Trump is not removed from office, Abraham Lincoln’s republic cannot endure

There is no business that opens solely in order to employ other people. Employment is what happens after a product is successful. Jobs are the consequence of product success. Photograph: iStock David McWilliams: Governments can't 'create' jobs, so why do they keep pontificating about it?

It’s businesses, not governments, that create jobs. So politicians should stop promising them

Christopher’s parents want to know where the tragedy of their son appears in the abortion figures. File photograph: Getty Images Breda O’Brien: How many other Baby Christophers are there?

Christopher was aborted on grounds of fatal foetal abnormality, although perfectly healthy

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: For 40 years, British food standards have been aligned with Europe’s. They are higher than US ones and based on the precautionary principle. Photograph: Will Oliver World View: Ireland weaponised by London in Brexit talks

Battles over food, mobility and residence turn international at Border and in sea

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan in Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire Five things to know about Ireland’s new political landscape

Micheál Martin is in a hurry, the left is licking its lips, and ‘Maschal’ is a thing

Younger, less-educated people in lower-paid jobs are exposed, while many older, better-paid folk are protected. File photograph: Provision If you are young and live outside Dublin you could be in trouble

The looming two-tier recession will disproportionately affect these two groups

It’s time parents heard a bit more about what that appropriate education will look like in September. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire If hairdressers ran our schools every child would be going back in September

Your children will be going back to school in September. Maybe. Possibly on a part-time basis

Covid-19 has shaken us up but it has also opened our eyes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times ‘We face a post Covid-19 tsunami of mental illness’

Recovery will require that we restore the socioeconomic drivers of good mental health

The behaviour of mourners at the Storey funeral was simply another demonstration by republicans of their belief that they are above the law. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire Storey funeral a reminder that IRA army council runs Sinn Féin

Episode should alert the wider electorate to what a vote for the party means

Museums and galleries that rely on admission fees will struggle to attract numbers and those free to enter will see other revenue streams diminished – donations, cafes, gift shops et al. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP Finn McRedmond: Best time to visit art galleries may be now

Tired of virtual aesthetics, we can gaze on artworks before tourist crowds return

The newly elected Cabinet of the 33rd Dáil ahead of their first Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire Diarmaid Ferriter: Western People's hysterical response over ministers will take some beating

Paper sees region’s overlooked politicians as victims in battle raging since 17th century

Green Party leader  Eamon Ryan, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil  leader Micheál Martin arriving at Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire How the Government can woo young Sinn Féin supporters

Better and more secure jobs together with a focus on the public good will help

‘It’s not enough to consider the Covid-19 cases in a given country – we must also pay attention to the number of visitors we receive from that country.’ Photograph: Kate Geraghty Covid-19 risks from international travel remain dangerously high

The pandemic is accelerating, and we are vulnerable to a new seeding of virus from travel

It is unfortunate that a role was never found for Ian Marshall at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg Newton Emerson: A unionist-free Seanad? Nobody minds really

Government’s omission is merely an understandable outworking of politics

In an experimental study involving two identical CVs, one with a boy’s name and the other with a girl’s name, both men and women assessed the one with a boy’s name more positively. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Leaving Cert calculated grades open to danger of gender bias

Non-anonymous marking may expose department to legal action for prejudice

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary is the new Chief Whip but he did not get a ministerial position. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Kathy Sheridan: Be careful what you wish for, Ballina

The ‘understanding’ that Ministers represent their regions is a dangerous fiction

US president Donald Trump retweeted  footage of white supremacists shouting about white power and brandishing weapons at non-violent protesters. Photograph:  Saul Loeb Michael McDowell: Halting Trump tweets may be counter-productive

Uncensored Trump more revealing than subtly manipulative dog-whistle version

Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party’s more radical youth wing. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Generational divide within Green Party cannot be glossed over

Younger members demand social justice in tandem with climate action

A man protests  in 2017 at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin calling for the end to the Direct Provision System. Pic Tom Honan. Five years since McMahon report and 7,700 still in direct provision

Some 4,000 could exit Direct Provision in a short period if new Government implements three mechanisms

Volunteer Greg Kelly loads food parcels for delivery within the community back in April. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Covid-19 shows kindness can be enough to get us through

Acts of neighbourliness, solidarity and self-sacrifice portray people to be mainly good

Big job: Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire Fintan O’Toole: The new Government will be far more radical than it intends to be

The task it faces is, in its scale, something like the nation-building of a century ago

 Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster before a portrait of Ian Paisley: Unionists should start by trusting the Government.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne Unionists have many reasons to like the Government

Coalition excludes SF and has pressing issues to distract it from Border poll

President Michael D Higgins presents new Ministers with their seals of office. Photograph: Maxwells Sustaining sense of common purpose key to Government success

Ministers must quickly bend operations of government to their will and deadlines

 Micheál Martin: At the heart of this new Government is a delusion that its existence is some sort of conclusion. Combining the ghosts of the crash with an out-of-touch Fine Gael, who insisted the country was flying when so many people were sinking, will not work out well.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA Una Mullally: Micheál Martin as Taoiseach makes little sense

How is making Micheál Martin Taoiseach the preferred option to an election that would decimate FF