Emma Smith (left) and Adrienne Kelly working at Daunt’s Albatross Motel, Montauk

Montauk still attracts Irish students but the numbers on the J1 programme are falling

 A car  is driven into  protesters demonstrating against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on  August 12th, 2017.  One woman, Heather Heyer, died and  19 were  injured. Photograph: AP

There are signs of change in the US city where a white supremacist rally turned into scenes of unimaginable terror

Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a cult-like following. Photograph: by Michael Kovac/Getty Images

America Letter: 85-year-old Ruth Baden Ginsburg has vowed to remain on the bench for another five years to the delight of her fans

Flag-draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photograph: Ronen Zilberman/AFP/Getty

Dialogue with Kim continues in wake of June summit despite missile factory fears

US president Donald Trump urged attorney general Jeff Sessions to halt the Mueller investigation, calling it a “rigged witch hunt”. Photograph: Saul Loeb, Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Representatives of US president say he was offering opinion not order in tweet

Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort: Should he be acquitted, it would be a blow to the legitimacy of the Special Counsel investigation, which Donald Trump has repeatedly dismissed as a “witch-hunt”.  File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Trump’s former campaign manager facing 32 charges stemming from Russian links

File photographs of David (L) and Charles Koch. File photographs: Phelan M Ebenhack, Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP

The US president’s escalating row with the Kansas billionaires risks damaging the party

“I would meet with anybody. I believe in meeting,” Mr Trump has said at a press conference in the White House with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte. Photograph: Getty Images

Press conference held in White House with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte

Sean Spicer in the Trump Hotel in  Washington:  set to embark on a month-long tour to promote his new book. Photograph: Mitchell Long

Trump’s former press secretary talks regret, Republicanism, green ties and ‘The Briefing’

US president Donald Trump with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, at the White House: the trade war has been averted – for now. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Juncker’s White House visit went better than expected – but that was largely down to the European side

 Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for US president Donald Trump, walks towards a taxi cab in New York on Friday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President issues volley of tweets about 2016 meeting as economic figures boost Republicans

Facebook has been battling controversies involving data privacy and its  use by Russians to influence the 2016 US election. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Social media giant’s US stock plunge comes on foot of slower revenue growth warning

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: “I don’t think this rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanours.” File photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Deputy attorney general accused of keeping Congress in the dark on Russia investigation

UFC fighter Conor McGregor  exits a New York courtroom where he appeared on charges of assault stemming from a melee in  Brooklyn. Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

UFC fighter also told to go on anger management course after plea bargain in assault case

US national security advisor John Bolton and secretary of state Mike Pompeo: In a statement,   Mr Pompeo says that the US “rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea”. File photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

‘Witch hunt’ blamed for about-turn as meeting with Russian leader put back to next year

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington in a bid to de-escalate trade tensions between the two blocs.

Tensions ease following meeting with EU Commission president at White House

Ivanka Trump: had been constrained in her ability to engage with key areas of US policy because of possible conflicts of interest. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Company said the decision had nothing to do with the flagging performance of the label

Minister for Trade Pat Breen: positive signs in the relationship between the EU and the United States, despite recent turmoil. File photograph: Tom Honan

Cool heads ‘and dialogue’ must prevail in upcoming trade negotiations, says Pat Breen

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the president is “exploring the mechanism” for revoking the security clearance of ex-intelligence chiefs, including former CIA director John Brennan, former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former FBI chief James Comey.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US Wrap: White House accuses Obama-era officials of making ‘baseless accusations’

US president Donald Trump and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Pompeo compares Iran’s leaders to Mafia as White House toughens stance

Carter Page: documents released on Saturday describe him  as a foreign agent. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

FBI releases hundreds of documents detailing his surveillance

A plaque  is unveiled in Berkeley, California, to commemorate the six Irish students who died when a balcony collapsed in the university town three years ago. Photograph: @IrelandSanFran

Californian university town marks tragedy that occurred in early hours of June 16th, 2015

Helsinki handshake: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Siding with Putin astonished establishment Republicans. But Trump’s base is holding

Fox News reporter John Roberts asks a question of Donald Trump  as CNN’s Jim Acosta (centre) looks on. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

America Letter: After a half-baked clarification, network was back trumpeting US leader

Karen McDougal says she began a nearly year-long affair with Donald Trump in 2006, shortly after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.

Recording seized by FBI during raids on Michael's Cohen’s home and offices in April

US president Donald Trump reiterated his criticism of the media as “the enemy of the people” on Thursday, insisting that meeting with Vladimir Putin had been a “great success”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Discussions ‘already under way’ about next meeting of US and Russian leaders


Discussions under way about autumn meeting between presidents, says Sarah Sanders

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump at a cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Senate votes 98-0 not to allow US officials to be questioned by Russia as summit fallout continues

Asked by reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting in the White House if he believed Russia was still targeting the US, President Donald Trump replied: “No.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

President’s remarks appear to undercut findings of US intelligence services

US president Donald Trump talks about his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president says he meant to say ‘no reason Russia wouldn’t have interfered’ in 2016 election

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin: The damage from Mr Trump’s “naiveté, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate”. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty

‘It is clear the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake,’ says John McCain

Senator John McCain: “The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naivety, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.” Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/File Photo/Reuters

Senator rails against ‘disgraceful performance’ as Republicans round on Trump

US president Donald Trump arrives in Helsinki on the eve of his summit with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

US president downplays expectations for landmark summit with Russian counterpart

Nevada legislature building housing the Nevada state senate and assembly in the state capital Carson City. Photograph: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

There is much antipathy here to Trump – but shaping it coherently could pose a challenge

'The Rat Pack Is Back' - 'The three-man cast – representing Sammy Davis jnr, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin – bounds on to the stage, and I am captivated.'

America Letter: Even the city’s gaudy strip brings echoes of a more progressive past

A cartoon baby blimp of US president Donald Trump in Parliament Square, London. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Democrats push Trump to cancel Putin meeting in light of latest US election scandal

Michel Barnier briefs the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington on progress in Brexit trade negotiations between the UK and EU. Photograph:  Saul Loebsaul/AFP/Getty Images

Border issue ‘most difficult’ problem during fraught UK exit talks, says Michel Barnier

The Trump Tower Hotel & Casino, on the Las Vegas Strip. Photograph: Carmen Martínez Torrón/Getty Images

The Democrats see an opportunity to turn this purple state a permanent blue

Kingman, Arizona, has long been one of the main staging posts on America’s most famous road. Photograph: Getty Images

Republicans in Kingman believe president will win again in 2020

Brett Kavanaugh is congratulated by Donald Trump after the US president nominated him as a justice of the supreme court. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s second nominee to the court could buffer him from impeachment

Judge Brett Kavanaugh   shakes hands with President Donald Trump after being nominated to the US supreme court in the East Room of the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Move likely to secure conservative majority on the court for decades to come

Arizona teachers march  for the #RedforEd movement in April in Phoenix, Arizona. Teachers state-wide staged a walk-out strike  in support of better wages and state funding for public schools. Photograph:  Ralph Freso/Getty Images

An Arizona teacher radicalised in #RedforEd campaign is among those pushing for change

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh shakes hands with US President Donald Trump in the White House in Washington, US. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters.

Move is likely to secure the conservative majority on the court for decades to come

Joe Arpaio: As sheriff of Maricopa County for more than 24 years, he built a nationwide reputation for a tough attitude to law enforcement. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Figure whose zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigrants landed him a court conviction was a Trump supporter ‘from day one’

Leslie Rosales with  her daughter Mia outside Eloy Detention Centre, where her mother has been held for two years. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Families visit loved ones detained in an Ice facility as immigration policies tighten

Backing the president: Bikers for Trump members at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: David McNew/Getty

This year’s midterm elections will be the first real test of the Trump presidency

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Bronx’s pride parade on June 17th: unexpected victory suggests a Democratic establishment removed from its grass roots. Photograph: David Delgado/Reuters

America Letter: Surprise at Joe Crowley’s defeat signals Democrat distance from voters

Police respond to a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, Maryland, the US. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Jarred Ramos unsuccessfully sued the Maryland newspaper targeted in attack, it says

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany last year. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Kremlin and White House make joint announcement of next month’s meeting

US supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy, who has announced his retirement, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House last year. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Departure of moderate judge paves way for US president to appoint more conservative replacement

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters. Photograph: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Victory for newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggests waning power of Irish-American Democrat vote

Harley-Davidson announced on Monday that it is to move some production out of the US to avoid new EU tariffs on its product. Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

US president lashes out after motorcycle company decides to relocate production

 Donald Trump ordered his first travel ban just a week after taking office in January 2017, prompting widespread chaos and protests at airports and in cities across the US. File photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Court upholds US president’s controversial ban on citizens from five Muslim-majority countries

Donald Trump speaks as King Abdullah II looks on in the Oval Office,  June 25th. Photograph: Getty

President says US immigration laws ‘obsolete’ and ‘horrible’

Protesters in Texas against policy of separating families seeking asylum. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty

US Letter: Images and audio of children crying in cages tarnishes N Korean success

US president Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order to end family separations at the border following international criticism. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President vows to continue ‘zero-tolerance policy’ on immigration

Undocumented migrants wait for asylum hearings outside the US port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico: President Donald Trump ridiculed border security, falsely blaming Democrats for separating families and dismissing proposals to hire thousands of new immigration judges. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker

President blames Congress and loopholes in the law for ‘illegal immigration crisis’

Journalist Kevin Cullen has been suspended from the Boston Globe for three months. Photograph: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Report found initial coverage of the Boston bombings raised concerns of ‘fabrication’

A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a make shift memorial outside the building that once housed Le Halles restaurant on Park Avenue. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

America Letter: Deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain brought clear shift in mood

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: Judge Amy Berman Jackson said his repeated attempts to contact witnesses meant she had no choice but to revoke his bail. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Paul Manafort jailed to await trial for felony amid claims of influencing witnesses

Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrives at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images.

Dubliner attacked a UFC bus in Brooklyn in April leaving two other MMA fighters injured

US president Donald Trump steps off Air Force One on return from Singapore: “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” he tweeted. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

Trump talks of meeting as success despite concerns over detail and ending ‘war games’

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un  shaking hands with US president Donald Trump  in Singapore. Photograph: AFP/the Straits Times/ Kevin Lim

South seeks clarification after summit between US and North Korean leaders

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said Northern Ireland was facing its most critical moment since the 1998 Belfast agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Eamon Gilmore says NI central to European Brexit debate but voice from Belfast is ‘silent’

US president Donald Trump speaks at a press conference following the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea gained most from summit with vague promise of denuclearisation

US president Donald Trump meets  Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau  during the G7 summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, last week. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Comments come after Trump instructed aides not to sign the final G7 communique

US president Donald Trump meets Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Quebec.  Photograph: Christinne Muschi

US leader withdraws support for summit communique and attacks ‘dishonest’ Trudeau

US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One at the Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore, on Sunday. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Analysis: President's twitter storm latest example of impetuous approach to policymaking

French president Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit on June 9th, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Macron’s office warns that international co-operation ‘cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks’

A Donald Trump during the Kansas state Republican caucus in 2016 in Wichita. Photograph: J Pat Carter/Getty Images

Donald Trump won 70% of the vote in parts of Kansas. Is that support under threat?

Senator Robert F Kennedy shakes hands with the crowd on a street corner in Philadelphia on April 2nd, 1968, two months before his assassination. Photograph: Warren Winterbottom

America Letter: Half century ago, amid assassinations and protest, US had hope

US president Donald Trump walks to the official G7 welcoming ceremony in La Malbaie, Quebec: there is increasing frustration from European leaders at his  unilateral approach to trade and diplomacy. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty

Criticism includes accusation US president is making US foreign policy ‘international joke’

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik both accused of obstructing justice

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House on Friday for the G7 summit in Canada. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

US president sharply criticises EU, Canada and Mexico as he departs for G7 summit

US president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe  participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on Thursday. Photograph: Pete Marovich/EPA

President made comments while meeting with Japanese prime minister

Former US president Bill Clinton  speaks during the Robert Francis Kennedy memorial service at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater in  Virginia, US, on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

‘Kennedy clan was clearly of an Irish tribe’, former president Bill Clinton tells gathering

Kate Spade was one of the most successful designers of her generation. Photograph: AP/ Bebeto Matthews

Police say the apparent cause of 55-year-old’s death is suicide

Donald Trump said: “The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions (pictured) didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself.” Photograph: Lawrence Jackson/The New York Times

US president continues to attack Jeff Sessions for stepping aside from inquiry

Pictured in 1961, then US president John F Kennedy, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and attorney general Robert F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. Photograph: AFP Photo/National Archives

Ireland’s Ambassador to US among those to speak at Arlington Cemetery

US president Donald Trump has taken a remarkable free-wheeling approach to diplomacy. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

The first collapse came when each side discovered the other’s expectations

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman appear in a scene from ‘Roseanne’. Photograph: Adam Rose/ABC via AP

American Letter: Sitcom star’s tweets point to the lingering racism in US society

North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol walks with White House chief-of-staff John Kelly as he arrives to deliver a letter to Donald Trump in Washington. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Decision to go ahead with summit in Singapore on June 12th follows week of intense diplomacy

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said Europe would no longer continue with talks over liberalising parts of EU-US trade after talks on a permanent exemption from steel tariffs failed. Photograph: Getty Images

Trade commissioner ‘closes door’ on US negotiations after imposition of steel tariffs

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: 'This is not the way we do business.' Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Government warns that Irish companies will be affected by the new tariffs on imports

North Korea’s   Kim Yong-chol (right) meeting with US  secretary of state Mike Pompeo  in New York. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo is ‘confident we are moving in the right direction’ on summit

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said negotiations failed to yield tangible deals that Washington could accept

Move set to provoke retaliation and take the Trump administration further down the path of a trade war

President Donald Trump with Kim Kardashian at the Oval Office in the White House. Photograph: Twitter

Two reality TV stars meet at White House, hold talks over pardon for jailed grandmother

Attorney general Jeff Sessions. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter post the latest in a series of swipes by the president about attorney general

North Korean general  Kim Yong-chol, who is travelling to the United States for talks on the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Jo Yong-hak/AFP/Getty Images

Kim Yong-chol’s visit is further sign that planned Trump-Kim summit will go ahead

Campaigners for the Love Both  during the referendum campaign. File photograph: Barry Cronin/AFP/Getty

Abortion referendum result prominent in US media outlets

The memorial card for Sr Tricia (Trish) Freeman from her convent in San Antonio, Texas.

America Letter: Ireland Sr Trish emigrated from unrecognisable to modern women

US president Donald Trump:  met with secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton on Friday morning. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A day after Singapore meeting cancelled, US president says both sides still want to meet

US president Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One: allegations of an “infiltration” are his latest attempt to discredit the FBI and US intelligence agencies. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Slights on intelligence agencies erode public support for US Russian interference inquiry

A coin minted for the  US-North Korea summit is seen in Washington DC. The  planned June 12th landmark summit in Singapore will  not now take place. Photograph: Getty Images

Analysis: Cancellation of North Korea summit major blow to South Korean president

Former CIA director Mike Pompeo, pictured at Thursday’s Senate hearing, became Secretary of State after Donald Trump fired  Rex Tillerson. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hadn’t considered the matter despite predecessor’s pledge

US president Donald Trump speaks of the cancelled summit with North Korea: “The Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

US president cites ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ of recent N Korea statement

The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Colm Tóibín pays tribute to great author who was a ferocious critic of Donald Trump but a close friend of Edna O’Brien

Donald Trump: “I hope it’s not so, because if it is, there’s never been anything like it in the history of our country.” Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president repeats unsubstantiated claims that intelligence agency infiltrated his team

US president Donald Trump and South Korean president Moon Jae-in shake hands during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

‘Very substantial chance’ June 12th meeting will not work out, says US president

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