Paschal Donohoe  with Christine Lagarde: the Minister is in Washington for meetings with senior officials from the Trump administration and   the IMF. Photograph: Marty Katz/ washingtonphotographer.com

Paschal Donohoe outlines Irish position on Brexit to audience in Washington

 US president Donald Trump  argues about border security with senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (right) and incoming House majority leader Nancy Pelosi as vice-president Mike Pence looks on in the Oval Office in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president clashes with Democrat leaders as he demands $5bn promised barrier with Mexico

There is no scope to reopen Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said.

Ireland ‘not under any illusions’ about the challenges of Britain’s exit

US president Donald Trump: faces difficulty in securing a suitable candidate to work with him as chief of staff. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Position unfilled as Mueller investigation into Russian interference looks set to end

The Aughinish Alumina refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes, Co Limerick.

Minister to meet US treasury secretary amid concerns over impact on Limerick plant of US sanctions against Russian individuals

Beto O’Rourke, who lost against incumbent Ted Cruz in Texas in November, has indicated he would not rule out a presidential bid. Photograph: Tamir Kalifa/New York Times

America Letter: Democrats are still no closer to deciding who should take on Trump

Donald Trump: Railed against Rex Tillerson on Twitter today. Photograph: Getty Images

US president also selects state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as UN envoy

Robert Mueller: his inquiry into Donald Trump’s election campaign team links with Russia is set to lodge documents in courts in Washington and New York. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Michael Cohen memo likely to illuminate his co-operation with Russian contacts inquiry

“Divorce is regarded as a normal part of the wear and tear of life.” Photograph: iStock

Government wants to reduce four-year wait for divorce to two years in referendum

Eavan Boland reading  a  poem  commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy and Ireland’s permanent mission to the United Nations to mark the centenary.

‘We must now work for equal citizenship for women and girls around the world,’ says Minister

US senator Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters after attending a closed-door briefing on the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by CIA Director Gina Haspel at the US Capitol in Washington on December 4th Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Several senators believe Mohammed bin Salman responsible for journalist’s murder

One possible pitfall for Ireland is that South Korea may also want its citizens to be included in the visa scheme which is currently only available to Australia.

Six ‘holds’ have been put on the legislation since it was approved by the US House of Representatives last week

US president Donald Trump, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, president Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1st Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/File Photo

Recent US, Mexico and Canada deal still needs to be ratified by national parliaments

US president Donald Trump sits opposite Chinese president Xi Jinping at a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Government shutdown possible on Friday if several spending Bills are not passed

The US flag flies at half-mast in front of the Washington Monument and US Capitol in tribute to late former US president George HW Bush. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

American stock markets to close for day in honour of former US president

There have been reports that US president Donald Trump is concerned about a possible economic slowdown. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

America Letter: The trade war with China has been damaging. A softening may be near

 Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman   of Saudi Arabia  and US president Donald Trump during the opening day of the G20 summit, on Friday, in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Daniel Jayo/Getty Images

Russian president Putin high fives prince but other leaders still outraged over Khashoggi murder

The Government’s special envoy to the US Congress John Deasy (right) with Congressman Richard Neal, who co-sponsored the Bill in the House of Representatives

Vote will be next week at earliest but Bill may proceed quickly if there is broad consent

US president Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen exits federal court after entering a guilty plea in Manhattan on Thursday. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Talks about a Trump hotel in Moscow continued into 2016 campaign, says Cohen

The Bill only applies to future flows of Irish people rather than undocumented Irish living in the United States.

House of Representatives agrees to extend E3 scheme but unanimous Senate vote still required

Nancy Pelosi is hoping to repeat history by becoming the only female speaker of the US House of Representatives for the second time.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Bill to protect special counsel including Robert Mueller blocked on Senate floor again

US  President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign chair and convention manager Paul Manafort speaks at a press conference at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, US on July 19th, 2016 Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters/File

Trump labels former FBI director Mueller as ‘a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue’

A group of migrants try to cross El Chaparral border crossing, in  Tijuana, Mexico on Sunday. US president Donald Trump has threatened to permanently close US-Mexico border.  Photograph: David Guzmán/EPA

US Wrap: President calls on Mexico to deport migrants and urges Congress to fund wall

US senator Cindy Hyde-Smith with President Donald Trump: said she would be in the “front row” if invited to a “public hanging”. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

Cindy Hyde-Smith still fighting for Senate as race went to run-off over requisite votes

Election workers examine ballots during a hand recount of votes in the US Senate race in Palm Beach County, November 16th, 2018. Photograph:  Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP/Getty

Despite structural advantages in some states, shifting demographics will help party in time

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: Amir Levy/Reuters

Intelligence committee to examine US agencies’ assessment of murder of journalist

US president Donald Trump with Justice John Roberts.    Justice Roberts said in a statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.” File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President’s criticism of judge who ruled against immigration order leads to intervention

White House deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel (right) is expected to be dismissed after clashing with Melania Trump. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Surprise Melania Trump criticism puts deputy national security adviser Ricardel at risk

Democratic senators-elect Kyrsten Sinema  and Jacky Rosen  walk to the office of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer for a meeting at the US Capitol on Tuesday.   Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

New members of Congress arrive, as another Democrat wins Senate seat

Hopes of a new US visa scheme for Irish citizens have received a setback as the Republican leadership in Congress decided not to schedule a vote on the issue this week. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Australia raises concerns over changes to E3 scheme, meaning Congress vote now deferred

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN’s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference last week. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Network files lawsuit after Jim Acosta banned following spat with Donald Trump

Protesters  before a ballot recount in Lauderhill, Florida, US. Photograph: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

President wades into an increasingly bitter voting controversy in the southern state

Trump 2020: the US president has already created a formidable re-election campaign. Photograph: Bloomberg

Washington’s balance of power is changing, and neither party can rest on its laurels

St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. Up to 5,000 visas a year could be made available to Irish citizens. Photograph: John Lamparski/Getty Images

America Letter: Proposed US-Ireland scheme would see E3 visa extended to Irish citizens

US president Donald Trump had a lengthy media exchange before leaving Washington  for   Paris. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president denies White House issued doctored image of journalist Jim Acosta

A White House intern reaches for and tries to take away the microphone held by CNN correspondent Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US Wrap: Video of reporter’s altercation with Trump alleged to have been ‘doctored’

US president Donald Trump in a heated exchange with CNN journalist Jim Acosta, as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander looks on, during  a press  conference  in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

When the president roared at CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday the room froze

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN’s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference following Tuesday’s midterm US congressional elections. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Acosta has credentials revoked after tense exchange as fears grow over Mueller inquiry

US president Donald Trump may be happy to use the Democrat-controlled House as a foil, blaming them for not allowing him to achieve campaign promises. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Democrat failure to land knock-out blow against Trump is cause for concern

US president Donald Trump with former attorney general Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony last year. File photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

US president defiant on dramatic day as Democrats regain control of House

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

House minority leader dampens hopes Democrats will move to impeach president

Supporters cheer at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee midterm election watch party in Washington. Photograph: New York Times

Democrats did well to win control of the House but ‘blue wave’ failed to materialise

 Democratic  candidate from Kansas Sharice Davids speaks to her supporters after winning her race at her election night watch party. Photograph: EPA/Jimlo Scalzo

Trump hails ‘tremendous success’ on Twitter as Democratic ‘blue wave’ fails to materialise

John Deasy, the Government’s special envoy to the US,  is confident that the proposal has bipartisan support

Bill could bring Ireland into E3 visa scheme, and benefit undocumented Irish

About 10,500 E3 visas are available to Australian citizens each year, but only about half of the visas are taken up. Photograph: YinYang/iStock

Irish citizens could avail of documents not used by Australians under proposal

Voters wait to get a ballot at a polling station during the mid-term elections at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro, Virginia. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Democrats seek to make gains in House and Senate with governorships also up for grabs

People cast their ballots at a community centre during early voting for the US midterm elections in Potomac, Maryland on October 25th. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

State of play, when to watch, and key battles for Tuesday’s crucial Congress vote

Early voting at a  polling station at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California on Sunday. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Trump repeats 2016 claims of mass voter fraud, but they’re not borne out by research

US president Donald Trump arrives for a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally at McKenzie Arena, in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Democrats seek to win back control of both houses of Congress as Trump rallies voters

Florida Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum: running  close against Republican candidate Ron DeSantis. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty

Republicans fear race in Trump-backing Florida may be slipping out of their grasp

US president Donald Trump at a Republican  campaign rally at Pensacola International Airport in Florida ahead of the midterm elections. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Senate race among tightest in US, and six House of Representatives seats in play

 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams with Oprah Winfrey at the Cobb Civic Centre in Marietta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty

African-American woman is Democrat’s key candidate in red-orientated Georgia

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi: In public, Democrats are staying silent on whether they’ll support her. Photograph:  Erin Schaff/New York Times

America Letter: Rumblings of discontent over Pelosi serving second term as speaker

President Donald Trump  during a rally in Estero, Florida, where he was  campaigning for  Republican governor  Rick Scott, who is challenging incumbent Democratic senator  Bill Nelson for a seat in the Senate. Photograph: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

A priority of Republican strategists is ensuring the president does not wade into any controversy suggesting a disdain for women

Mari Steed: would like to see more emphasis on disclosure and access to documents.

Woman sent as infant from Cork Mother and Baby Home to US calls for document access

Speaking at Boston College, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said: “I anticipate that in our drafting of the legislation in order to do the exhumation and excavation of the Tuam site, the issue of ‘is this just for Tuam or is it for other possible sites’ will be addressed.” Photograph: Peter Julian/Boston College

Government aware that not looking at other sites might be an issue – Zappone

 Yemenis carry the coffin of a Houthi militia member  killed in ongoing fighting in the war-torn Arab country. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

US calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in the region ahead of planned UN talks

US president Donald Trump on his way to a rally in Florida on Wednesday. “We’re going to be prepared – they’re not coming into our country,” he said of migrants heading towards the US. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president ramps up immigration rhetoric amid spat with Paul Ryan ahead of midterms

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has criticised the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency to readmit Russia to the organisation. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Sport criticises World Anti-Doping Agency at White House meeting

US senator Joe Manchin is one of 10 Democrats defending Senate seats in states that Donald Trump won in 2016. Photograph:  Michael Mathes/ AFP/ Getty Images

US midterms: Donald Trump’s message has really hit home in white working-class state

 Former mob boss and fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger was a key figure in the Irish-American mobster world of south Boston and was also involved with the IRA. Handout photograph: US Marshals Service/US Department of Justice/Reuters

Notorious criminal (89) believed to have been killed by inmates in West Virginia prison

US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Pittsburgh after the shooting at the city’s Tree of Life synagogue. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Legality of US president’s plan to override provisions of constitution queried by experts

US president Donald Trump said the “great anger in our country” was caused in part by “inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news”. Photograph: Al Drago/Reuters

President’s comments come in wake of fatal synagogue shooting and mail bombs

The  CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. File photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Broadcaster says White House has ‘complete lack of understanding’ about media attacks

People visit an impromptu memorial at the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday’s shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh in which 11 people were killed. Photograph: Reuters

‘Bearded heavy-set white male’ in custody and facing 29 criminal accounts

Michael Lewis: “There shouldn’t be 35 or 40 per cent of the public that still has a kind thought for Donald Trump.” Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

In ‘The Fifth Risk’ the author explores how the president dropped the baton at the off

US president Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a rally at JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri on September 21st. Trump won Missouri in 2016 by an 18.5 per cent margin. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Republicans say base fired up for November 6th; Democrats equally sure of ‘blue wave’

Jews get off train in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Photograph: Yad Vashem Archives/AFP/Getty

America Letter: Depression and report suppression dampened zeal to help WWII Jews

A law enforcement officer checks a van seized during an investigation into a series of parcel bombs, in Plantation, Florida. Image: via Reuters.

Cesar Sayoc (56) has a long criminal history and could face up to 58 years in prison

Laurie Macpherson, Democratic volunteer at a Democrat tent outside a voting centre in Fairfax.

The elections are 11 days away but an early voting system has begun in many states

Figures who were sent suspect packages. From top: Barack Obama (L),  Hillary Clinton, George Soros. Bottom row: Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz (L), former CIA director John Brennan,  and  Democrat Maxine Waters. Photographs: Martin Bureau/Angela Weiss/Stan Honda/Mandel Ngan/Saul Loeb/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Trump issues rare call for unity as devices sent to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

CNN headquarters in New York evacuated during live broadcast after suspicious device found

The US Democratic and Republican parties are eyeing the women’s vote as a potential deal-breaker in the midterm elections, given President Donald Trump’s unpopularity among many women voters. Photograph: Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Redrawn electoral map and Republican retirements set stage for potential upheaval

Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the US, rest during a stop in their journey, in Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Tuesday. Photograph: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

US president says people walking across Mexico ‘are not suitable. I’m not letting them in’

 Beto O’Rourke, who is taking on  Ted Cruz for his senate seat, is one of ActBlue’s most high-profile clients. Photograph:Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News/Pool via Reuters

Non-profit organisation ActBlue has become a powerhouse for the party’s fundraising

Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish during  a  college football game. Research suggests former students who attend games are more likely to donate. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

America Letter: City of Columbia holds annual shindig amid concerns over college sports

US president Donald Trump talks to reporters about journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance prior to boarding Air Force One in Maryland. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump admits it ‘certainly looks’ as if journalist is dead as diplomats pull out of summit

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters while his plane refuels in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Reports of audio recordings indicate journalist suffered of gruesome death

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Leah Millis/Pool/Reuters

Republican Sentaor Lindsey Graham rails against ‘rogue prince’ Mohammed bin Salman

US president Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud in Riyadh in May 2017. On Monday Trump suggested to reporters that ‘rogue killers’ could be responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance – giving a potential out to the Saudi regime. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president takes phone call from King Salman and appears to accept Saudi denials

  US senator Elizabeth Warren   addresses a town hall meeting in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on Saturday.  Photograph:  Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

Massachusetts senator’s test shows ‘strong evidence’ of her Native American heritage

Lone Star state: Beto O’Rourke at a rally in Texas this week. Photograph: Loren Elliott/Getty

Democrats hope Beto O’Rourke will beat Ted Cruz to the Senate in the US mid-terms

Jared Kushner stands among Saudi officials as President Donald Trump talks with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in March. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

America Letter: Trump’s son-in-law and adviser has cultivated links with Saudi regime

 US rapper Kanye West (C) speaks to members of the press during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US rapper says wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hat makes him feel like Superman

Actor  Gabriel Byrne was joined by Ciarán Madden, Consul General of Ireland and other dignitaries and members of the Irish Arts Centre board  as they broke ground today on the New Irish Arts Centre in New York on Thursday.

State-of-the-art building on 11th Avenue could be ready by 2020

US president Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West at the White House where they spoke of prison reform. Photograph: Oliver Contreras

US president criticises Federal Reserve policy as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘out of control’

US president Donald Trump listens during a briefing on the federal response to Hurricane Michael at the Oval Office on Wednesday. Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, with 155mph winds, making it  the strongest storm to hit the continental US since 2004. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

US Wrap: Survey counters Trump’s claim that more Republicans will turn out for mid-terms

Nikki Haley with US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, where they announced her resignation as US ambassador to the UN. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Donald Trump praises US ambassador to UN, who is to leave her post by end of the year

US president Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a ceremonial swearing in in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

Newly-confirmed supreme court justice spends first day in job, hearing three cases

A still image taken from video of the final tally of votes by the US Senate on the confirmation of supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Senate TV via Reuters

Senate backs Trump nominee after vote is interrupted by screaming protesters

 John Deasy: “Definite progress has been made in the last two or three weeks.” Photograph: Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Easing restrictions on Americans retiring to Ireland part of likely deal

 Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu: “Plenty of gas left in the tank,” he says. Photograph:  Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu has no regrets about his initiative

Comedian Amy Schumer is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the proposed confirmation of supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Susan Collins’s pledge of support should ensure Trump’s nominee has required votes

US vice president Mike Pence laid out allegations of Chinese election interference in a harshly worded speech on Thursday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Seven Russian nationals charged with hacking nuclear and anti-doping facilities

 Protesters demonstrate against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside the US supreme court  in Washington. Photograph: Getty Images

Two key Republicans indicate they will support controversial judge’s nomination

President’s remarks on Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser labelled ‘appalling’

The New York Times reported that Donald  Trump engaged in dubious tax schemes “including instances of outright fraud”. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Move follows newspaper report regarding the US president’s business practices

US president Donald  Trump speaks at a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Photograph: Brandon Dill/EPA

Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney calls the remarks a ‘vicious, vile and soulless attack’

US president Donald Trump speaks to the media about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court as he departs the White House on Wednesday for events in Philadelphia and  Memphis. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president says women are ‘doing great’ as he praises Brett Kavanaugh

Donald Trump: “We are not going to allow our steel industry to disappear.”  Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Democrats unlikely to endorse the deal which must pass Congress to take effect

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