Anti-abortion activists take part in the annual ‘March for Life’ in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC on Friday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President and vice president issue comments on 49th anniversary of Roe v Wade judgment

Supporters of  Donald Trump are confronted by a Capitol police officer outside the senate chamber  on January 6h, 2021. Photograph:  AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Republicans argue the January 6th riots were ‘false flag’ operations by government agents

President Joe Biden speaking about Ukraine  at the White House in Washington on  January 20th. Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

President seeks to clarify earlier remarks about ‘minor incursions’

 US president Joe Biden: ‘Russia will be held accountable if it invades.’ Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPA/Pool

‘It is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade’ country, says US president

US president Joe Biden:  Many of Biden’s problems stem from disagreements within his own party. Photograph: Jim watson/AFP via Getty

Major infrastructure plan has passed but voting rights and social reforms are in limbo

A N95 mask at a warehouse in Mt. Vernon. Photograph: Charlie Rubin/The New York Times

Distribution of N95 masks planned for pharmacies, health centres across America

Former US president Donald Trump speaking during the rally  in Florence, Arizona,  on January 15th, 2022. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Former president suggests government agents or informants were involved in storming Capitol

‘The whole issue is an embarrassment for the White House’. Photograph: EPA/Shawn Thew

America Letter: Corporate America beginning to offer testing to staff as a wellness benefit

 US president Joe Biden delivers a speech on voting rights on the campuses of Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, US Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

President warns of ‘defining moment’ as he voices support for filibuster reform

Demonstrators gathered in Washington in June to protest for equal voting rights. Photograph: Kenny Holston/New York Times

Amendment to filibuster may be on cards in move to overcome restrictions on voting

Former first lady Michelle Obama. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Michelle Obama spearheads campaign to register a million new voters in the US

Troops from Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Forces near Donetsk in   southeastern Ukraine on Sunday. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images

Hard to see progress when ‘Russia has a gun to head of Ukraine’, says US secretary of state

 The  Dee-Mac Road between Washington and Eureka, Ill: in some places 35cm of snow fell. Photograph: Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP

America Letter: Drivers share food and water while stranded for 24 hours on motorway

Workers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)  protest in Pasadena, California against a US government mandate requiring all federal employees to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph:  Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Business groups argue new measures are overreach by federal government

US president Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris departing  Capitol Hill after delivering speeches to mark the first anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former president Donald Trump. Photograph:  EPA/Evelyn Hockstein/pool

Ex-president Jimmy Carter says he fears for right to free and fair elections in US

US president Joe Biden delivers remarks on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol in Washington, DC, during a ceremony in Statuary Hall at the Capitol on Thursday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/EPA

US president warns that dagger had been held at throat of American democracy

President Joe Biden speaks in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Thursday, marking one year since the deadly assault on the Capitol. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President says that former leader Donald Trump spread ‘web of lies’ after November 2020 election

US attorney general Merrick Garland said the actions taken so far by the department of justice would not be its last. Photograph: Getty

‘Those involved must be held accountable ... there is no higher priority for us,’ says Garland

 Pro-Trump protesters marching towards  the US Capitol  in Washington DC  on January 6th, 2021. The defeated US president had  refused to concede  victory to Joe Biden, claiming voter fraud and rigged elections. Photograph:  EPA/Michael Reynolds

Trump allies worked to keep him in power but it is unclear if riots were part of strategy

Various groups of Trump supporters broke into the US Capitol and rioted. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Capitol riots have become yet another talking point in America's never-ending culture war

President Joe Biden’s so-called  Build Back Better plan was projected to cost $1.75 trillion. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Rejection of Build Back Better plan by Manchin poses dilemma for Democrats

Senator Joe Manchin at the Capitol in Washington. In an interview with Fox News Sunday he said: ‘I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t.’ Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

White House says it will seek to move ahead on €1.75tn Bill next year regardless

Democrat Stacey Abrams  last week announced her second run for governor of Georgia. Photograph:  Eze Amos/New York Times

America Letter: Republicans battle over who should oppose Democrat Stacey Abrams

US president Joe Biden: “Will we allow the backward slide of . . . democracy to continue unchecked, or will we together have a vision . . . and courage to once more lead the march of human progress and human freedom forward?” Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president warns global leaders democracy needs champions in face of challenges

Russian president Vladimir Putin holds talks with US president Joe Biden via video. Photograph: Mikhael Metzel/Sputnik/Kremlin/EPA

Russia reportedly seeking guarantees Nato will not expand east to take in Ukraine

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin will speak to US president Joe Biden via video call on Tuesday. Photograph: Mikhael Klimentyev/Kremlin pool/EPA

Joe Biden to hold crucial talks with Vladimir Putin, with tensions increasing in region

US president Joe Biden  and Russian president Vladimir Putin: they will  discuss a range of topics in the US-Russia relationship.  Photograph: Getty Images

Kremlin expected to seek guarantees that Nato will not expand east to take in Ukraine

Suspected shooter Ethan Crumbley. Photograph: Handout/Oakland County Sheriff’s Office/AFP via Getty

Social media posts suggested gun bought as Christmas present for Ethan Crumbley (15)

Ilhan Omar during a press conference addressing anti-Muslim comments made by Lauren Boebert. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

America Letter: Anti-Muslim rhetoric and slanging matches have real consequences

Brian McGlinchey worked on the election campaign of President Biden and is a senior adviser to the law first McCarter & English. Photograph: McCarter& English

Brian McGlinchey to be formally appointed at ceremony in Wilmington on Friday

People in Ireland are living in the dying days of partition, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has told an audience in the United States. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin leader tells US audience that Brexit ‘a product of narrow English nationalism’

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking in Washington DC  said the protocol was ‘necessary, operable and going nowhere, despite what Boris Johnson might wish to believe’. Photograph: Alan Betson

McDonald says it was made clear there would be consequences if UK rupture deal

 Dr Anthony Fauci urged Americans to take a vaccine if they had not already done so and to take a booster if eligible. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Officials say patient is fully vaccinated with mild symptoms which are improving

President Joe Biden has already introduced travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa and strongly urged Americans to take vaccinations or a booster shot. Photograph: Craig Lassig/EPA

Reports say US officials looking at requiring all travellers to self-quarantine for seven days

Protesters gather outside the supreme court as arguments begin about the Texas abortion law on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/ The Washington Post via Getty

Pro-choice groups fear 1973 Roe v Wade ruling is on the line in new case

US president Joe Biden and, in background, his chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/Getty

President says US will work to accelerate development of any updated vaccines needed

Ghislaine Maxwell has been imprisoned for almost 17 months while awaiting trial, denied bail repeatedly. File photograph: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Socialite facing charges over alleged role in abuse of girls by financier Jeffrey Epstein

US president Joe Biden. File photograph: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg

US president says concern over new variant shows ‘importance of moving on this quickly’

A sign advocating  mask-wearing   in Washington DC. Authorities in the city  this week began to roll back requirements for wearing masks. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

America Letter: Major legal battle looming over Biden’s vaccination requirement for businesses

A decision on a travel ban is likely to be made later today, according to Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

US set to join other nations and introduce travel restrictions as Omicron ‘outperforms’ Delta in South Africa

Police maintain that Darrell Brooks  drove his SUV vehicle through barricades and into the annual Christmas parade in Waukesha on Sunday afternoon Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Darrell Brooks (39) appeared in court where bail was set at $5 million

Customers fill up at a Shell gas station in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Caballero Reynolds/AFP

Biden administration to work with China, India, Japan, South Korea and UK

President John F Kennedy and Jackie  Kennedy get set for  motorcade in which he would be shot dead.

President’s death continues to fuel conspiracy theories as documents stay unreleased

A video shot of the  red SUV speeding towards  the Christmas parade  in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Photograph:  AFP Photo/The City of Waukesha

Five people were killed and 48 injured, including a number of children, in the incident in Wisconsin

Republican Paul Gosar, who posted a violent cartoon video depicting him killing New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking Biden. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

America Letter: With inflation running high, the president needs to clock up some big wins

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi oversees the vote on President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda at the Capitol in Washington on Friday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Harris first woman to hold presidential power as Biden undergoes colonoscopy

Medical scientists carry out diagnostic testing of patient samples in acute hospitals, including urgent testing for Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

Staff seeking pay parity with colleagues who work in biochemistry laboratories

Once a person has a public services card, they no longer have to submit the same information to authenticate their identity each time they apply for public services provided by bodies who accept it. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

System delivers annual savings of €20m, new report finds

For a clerical officer recruited to the Civil Service, the spending review forecast that the lifetime cost over their career would be €2.36 million. Photograph: iStock

Review says spend associated with new employees will become increasingly significant over time

Schools could be forced to close on foot of Government plans to eliminate additional working hours, the Department of Education has warned. Photograph: iStock

Removing unpaid hours could exacerbate pressure on teacher supply

Protesters attend a rally for student nurses and midwives outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Leo Varadkar confirms 12.5% pay rise for final-year student nurses during internships

The aim is to bring the payment for fourth-year students during their 36-week internship in hospitals to about 80%  of the starting salary of a qualified nurse. Photograph: iStock

Donnelly to table new payment initiative for fourth-year students on foot of review

Minister for Transport  Ryan indicated his support for this stance on Friday as he described the issue as a ‘real social, societal problem we have’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Unions threaten strike action over anti-social behaviour on bus and rail services

Rail passengers are facing potential travel disruption in the run-up to Christmas as train staff are set to ballot for work stoppages. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Train personnel tell Taoiseach of abuse, threats and harassment on services

‘I am terrified about what is going to happen to me,’ reported one rail worker in relation to anti-social behaviour on rail services. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Strikes may be ahead as rail workers reach breaking point on anti-social behaviour

Siptu manufacturing division organiser Greg Ennis. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Ictu conference told ‘theft’ taking place with alarming regularity in low-paid sectors

Patricia King said the work of the new high level collective bargaining group had been ongoing since March.

Expert group yet to reached ‘preferred option’ for union/employer engagement

There has been friction for some time between the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland  and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland  over representation rights in specific schools.

Teachers’ union says dispute committee not established in line with Ictu rules

Incoming president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) Kevin Callinan told delegates ‘the entire public spending gap between Ireland and its nearest EU neighbours matches, almost exactly, the shortfall in employer social contributions’. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Ictu leader says social contributions by employers are below norms in Europe

Kevin Callinan: he  said the trade union movement should “lead advocacy efforts for expanded access to remote, blended and hybrid working post-pandemic, alongside greater remote working protections”.  Photograph:  Laura Hutton

Callinan says unions should seek support for pilot programmes North and South

Full replacement cost for the so-called ‘Haddington Road hours’ is estimated to be  €645m. Photograph: Getty Images

Unpaid hours said to have kept ‘average working week in line with the private sector’

For the unions the big announcement by Leo Varadkar was the establishment of a high-level group to look at collective bargaining and industrial relations. Photograph: Getty Images

Varadkar has argued that one of the legacies of the pandemic must be better terms and conditions

There has been friction for some time between the ASTI and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over representation rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

ASTI made complaint over spheres of influence to recruit members in specific schools

Estimates suggest the net amount homeworkers would receive under a new scheme would be about €100 a year. Photograph: Getty

Budget 2022: Government believes up to 400,000 people could benefit from measure

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said  €8.8bn had been paid out in PUP scheme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Department says 50,300 people on pandemic unemployment payment for over 76 weeks

The scarring effects of long-term unemployment in the 1980s and early 1990s were especially difficult to tackle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley Department of Finance figures published in a separate Government report on jobseeker projections and costs on Tuesday as part of the budget documentation showed that last year unemployment levels exceeded 19%. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Country’s unemployment rate will reduce to 6.5% by fourth quarter, says Donohue

The INMO said there were 91 patients on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick.

INMO says 506 patients deemed to need admission queuing for a hospital bed

Leo Varadkar, Laura Magahy, Tom Keane and Simon Harris in July 2018. Photograph: Maxwells

Executive director also says she will not take part in hearing over resignations

The HSE estimates  that reducing hours to pre-2010 levels will cost nearly €300 million a year in health alone. Photograph: iStock

Department of Public Expenditure estimated previously reversing Haddington Road hours could cost over €600m

The estimates come just a fortnight after the HSE forecast that providing 10 days leave as a pandemic reward for health staff could cost the taxpayer €377 million.  Photograph: iStock

Reducing hours to 2010 levels will cost €300m in health alone but only €150m has been budgeted for across public service

 Laura Magahy who resigned last month as head of  Sláintecare. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Laura Magahy said ‘the reasons behind my resignation were outlined’ in letter to Minister

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said that since the scheme was introduced in March 2020, her department had paid out over €8.8 billion in pandemic unemployment payments to almost 900,000 people.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Slight rise in number of people claiming Covid enhanced illness benefit

Nurses are staging a protest at Connolly Hospital to highlight what nurses have described as ‘excessive workloads and consequential increasingly unsafe conditions’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

INMO members stage protest at hospital in Dublin over pressure caused by staff shortages

Addressing hospital consultants, the Minister for Health, pictured here earlier in the week, acknowledged Ireland is currently ’not even close’ to achieving ’timely access to affordable high quality care’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Children being offered dates in 2035 for hospital appointments, say doctors

Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan: ‘If the return of inflation is sustained over time there will certainly be a renewed focus on the cost of living when negotiations on a new public service deal get under way.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Fórsa chief says maintaining living standards will be priority for pay talks next summer

The number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is expected to drop below the 100,000 mark next week, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost 5,000 came off payment last week with largest fall in food and accommodation sector

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is setting up a new taskforce to take on waiting lists, modelling on the vaccine taskforce.

Róisín Shortall describes changes to oversight of universal health plan as a ‘hostile takeover’

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will address the Oireachtas committee on health on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Waiting lists for treatment have lengthened but more hospital beds are being provided, Minister says

 A pilot service to manage people living with heart failure provided by specialist nurses in Co Donegal saw waiting times for new patient referrals drop from 18 months to between two and six weeks, depending on clinical urgency and patient location. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister wants to scale up role of advanced nursing in bid to reduce hospital waiting lists

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is also planning a new taskforce to try and tackle waiting lists. Photograph: Collins

Doran says new group will focus on regionalstructures but asks who will oversee reforms

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys told the Dáil in July that she was obliged to put the local employment services contracts out for tender. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unions oppose tendering process being undertaken by Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection said on Tuesday that 106,245 people would receive the pandemic unemployment payment this week. Photograph: iStock

Greatest reduction in number receiving payment this week was in hospitality sector

Members of the trade union Fórsa at a previous protest over the issue of pay and conditions at `Section 39’ organisations which provide health and disability services with funding from the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New campaign for staff in grant-aided bodies to recieve same terms as those in State sector

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Ministers may ultimately conclude health sector can be reformed without Sláintecare

Taoiseach Micheál Martin also suggested retail workers were to be included as part of any new separate initiative to reward key workers for their efforts during the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: Don Pollard/CFR/PA Wire

Minister warns cost of recognising contribution of public sector could top €1bn

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar's ‘strong view’ is that bonus payments or extra leave should not be limited to frontline workers in the health service. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Union claim for 10 days’ leave for health staff could cost €377m, HSE estimates

The union’s position is that ‘there is a significant national shortage of medical scientists across the public health service’. File photograph: Getty

Union concerns centre on parity with colleagues in addition to recruitment and retention

Health service employers say the €377m estimate    does not  take  account the  costs related to implementation of such  settlement.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Health service says claim could be the most costly demand served on an Irish employer

Remaining members of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council are also to ask the Minister for Health  if he will extend the group’s term of office until the end of the year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister to be asked to extend term of office of Sláintecare council until end of year

Aer Lingus said it lost €563 million last year amid the pandemic, and indicated that it may forge ahead with cuts unilaterally. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Overwhelming majority oppose airline’s plans to offset losses due to Covid-19

Analysis: Measures to help those ‘caught in limbo’ may cost up to €130m over three years

 Workers who have been receiving the pandemic unemployment payment and who are now being made redundant can receive a special payment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State to pay up to €1,860 to workers who received PUP and end up losing their jobs

Managing the scarring effects of Covid-19 on the labour market and the financial legacy of the pandemic will be key threats to Irish competitiveness in the coming period, the Government will be warned. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government to be warned over impact of scarring effect of pandemic on labour market

Traffic volumes were high on all main routes in and out of the capital this morning as employers begin to welcome back employees. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

Returning office workers not required to reveal vaccination status, department says

The plants where the incidents took place were at Ballymore Eustace, above, which serves parts of Co Dublin, and a plant in Wexford that serves Gorey. Photograph:  Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Move follows anger at two failures, which saw unsafe water enter public supply

A phased return to workplaces is beginning on Monday, but the Government hopes that remote working will become a part of Irish working life. Photograph: iStock

Phased return to the office to begin on Monday as Covid restrictions eased

EU interpretation of rules surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol ‘could lead to a destabilisation of the supply of medicines’

Pharma bodies call on EU Commission to introduce a four-year derogation on application of protocol

In her letter of resignation, Sláintecare executive director Laura Magahy said there had been ‘slow progress’ in the areas of regionalisation, eHealth and waiting lists. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sláintecare chief also said HSE wanted to defer implementation of regionalisation

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said  an EU directive would give workers the right to receive mandatory training, cost-free, that is required to carry out the work for which he or she is employed. Photograph: iStock

Varadkar to launch consultation process on improving working conditions for employees

A three-month deal from March 2020 allowed access for public patients to 2,300 beds in private hospitals and cost €287 million. Photograph: iStock

Health service owed €35m from cancelled ventilator order, Public Accounts Committee hears

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