French president Emmanuel Macron and  US president Donald Trump meeting  in New York last September. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

US president tweets ‘we are a long way from conclusion on North Korea’

Irish Central Bank governor Philip Lane at the forum on  booms and busts during the IMF spring meeting in Washington, US. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Lane claims one of the lessons of the economic crisis was the dangers of debt finance

 George Mitchell at  an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast  Agreement at Queen’s University, Belfast, on April 10th, 2018. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Georgetown University held one-day symposium to mark 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement

Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Rather than reporting Russia’s offer to meddle in a US election, the Trump campaign welcomed Russia’s help.” Photograph:  EPA/Justin Lane

Democratic National Committee seeking millions in compensation for Russia’s ‘brazen attack on US soil’

Former FBI director James Comey at an event about his book A Higher Loyalty in New York on Wednesday. Photograph:  Lucas Jackson/Reuters

President’s spat with former FBI head deepens as memos of conversations released

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and US president Donald Trump at a news conference at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Photograph: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Senate judiciary committee to vote on proposal to protect Mueller investigation

 CIA director Mike Pompeo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  and US president Donald Trump. Trump’s new-found enthusiasm for meeting a leader he once mocked as “little Rocket Man” is bewildering. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Speed of the preparations shows US administration means business

CIA director Mike Pompeo  travelled to the North Korean capital to meet Kim Jong-un in recent weeks. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Upcoming talks are the highest-level meeting in decades between the two states

US president Donald Trump promotes his tax cut package in Hialeah, Florida on Monday. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

US Wrap: president promises ‘sweeping reform’ to deflect from swirling controversies

One of the last photographs   of  Martin Luther King as  he   was speaking to a mass rally on April 3th, 1968,  in Memphis. He was shot dead by a sniper  the following day

Some 50 years after Martin Luther King’s death, racial inequality still pervades US society

Martin Luther King: US contemplates his legacy amid polarised views as to what to do with statues of Confederate generals who fought for the pro-slavery south.

America Letter: 50 years after Martin Luther King’s death, race relations still perturb US

US attorney general Jeff Sessions said the allegations did not warrant the appointment of a special counsel. Photograph: AFP / Getty Images

Jeff Sessions defied Republicans by deciding not to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the FBI

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Russian foreign ministry responds to US expulsions over poisoning of ex-spy in Salisbury

Kim Jong-un in Beijing: the North Korean leader with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, at a banquet at the Great Hall of the People. Photograph: KCNA via AP

Kim’s Beijing visit ‘shows policy of maximum pressure is working’

Monday’s announcement by Washington represents the most significant move yet by the Trump administration to censure Russia. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

Ireland was not among the 16 EU countries that announced the move on Monday

Michelle Rossi and her fourteen-year-old daughter Olivia  attended the march. Olivia, an eighth-grader from Maryland, has had her own experience with gun crime.  Photograph: Suzanne Lynch/The Irish Times

March for Our Lives: Activists hope major rally can impact upon mid-term elections

 Singer Miley Cyrus calls for action on gun control during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on Saturday.  Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Citizens from across the country gather near White House, heading towards the US Capitol

New national-security adviser: John Bolton at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Analysis: Hawkish former UN ambassdor belligerent on Iran and North Korea

Trump sex allegations: Karen McDougal, the former Playboy Playmate who says she had an affair with the president, talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN

America Letter: Trio’s allegations leave tweeting president curiously silent

Israelis and Americans participate the “March for Our Lives” rally supporting gun control in the US, outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: Oded Balilty/AP

Events organised by survivors of Florida school shooting aim to bring about tighter controls

 Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton is set to become Donald Trump’s new national security adviser. File photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Donald Trump announces appointment of former ambassador to the UN to new role

US president Donald Trump holds up a signed presidential memorandum targeting China’s economic aggression in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president announces taxes on up to $60bn of Chinese goods amid fears of trade war

Noting that the Belfast Agreement had been held up as the “unquestioned gold standard” in terms of peace agreements, Congressman Brendan Boyle criticised recent suggestions by some British MPs that it had run its course.  Photograph: Eric Luke

British prepare to bring US Congressional staff members to Northern Ireland at weekend

Robert Mueller is the special counsel appointed last summer to lead the inquiry into Russian collusion in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President’s outburst prompts alarmed response from fellow Republicans

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and partner Matt Barrett in New York:  Mr Varadkar said he did not think talk of a united Ireland was helpful at the moment. Photograph: Jason Szenes

Taoiseach ‘looking forward’ to first bilateral meeting with Merkel since her re-election

DUP MP Ian Paisley jnr and PSNI chief constable George Hamilton attend the American Ireland Gala Fund dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The DUP MP on his party’s new-found access to the centres of power in Washington

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: A spokesman for him said the remaining 27 EU member states ‘have been consistent that there can be no backsliding on any part of December’s agreement’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Simon Coveney to meet Michel Barnier as Brussels seeks UK commitment on backstop

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) walks in the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City alongside his partner Matt Barrett (centre left), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (centre right) and Congressman Peter King (right). Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

New York mayor declares March 17th ‘Gerry Adams Day’

Ultimately,  ‘The Line Becomes A River’ shows the limits of the individual in the face of a labyrinthine political and bureaucratic system. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

At a time of acute debate about immigration policy in the United States and Donald Trump’s promise to build a border wall with Mex(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walks down a street in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York, the latest stop on his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach conveyed Trump’s concerns about Doonbeg to tourism body, records show

Karen Bradley: “The answer is for politicians who were elected by the people of Northern Ireland to get back into Stormont and run the executive.” Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Northern secretary upbeat on Brexit after St Patrick’s Day events in Washington

St Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan, New York City. File photograph:	Fernando Vazquez Miras/Getty Images

America Letter: Manhattan parade will take in cleric’s symbolic St Patrick’s Cathedral

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar giving a speech, as US vice-president Mike Pence and his wife Karen listen, during a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. Photograph: Marty Katz/Government Press Office/PA Wire

Taoiseach meets US vice-president for private breakfast at Pence’s Washington home

Leo Varadkar said in Washington on Thursday he ‘enquired about the planning permission’ of a proposed wind farm which Donald Trump objected to because it was close to his Doonbeg resort (above). Photograph: PA

‘I did commit to asking Fáilte to review the planning applications,’ Varadkar told state agency

Leo Varadkar,  Donald Trump, House speaker Paul Ryan (right), and Representative Peter King, a Republican from New York, after the  Friends of Ireland lunch in Washington DC. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Border after Brexit one of the issues discussed by Varadkar and Trump at White House

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock as Melania Trump looks on during the annual presentation ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US president says he has become ‘fast friends’ with the Taoiseach during St Patrick’s visit

US president Donald Trump and  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the Speaker’s Lunch at Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach says he contacted local authority over windfarm the US president was opposed to

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday in Washington, DC.  Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Varadkar says US president signalled his support for a deal on undocumented Irish

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach to discuss immigration, tax and trade when he meets Trump in Oval Office

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking to the media in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Enthusiasm for North post comes after Varadkar questioned whether envoy was needed

Speaking in Washington Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it was ‘normal hospitality that when someone invites you to their country, their house, you reciprocate with an invitation’. Photograph: PA

Varadkar says invitation extended by former taoiseach Enda Kenny still stands

Tillerson

Sacking comes as Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Irish-American identity has long been rooted in an ideological conservatism and nativist idea of Irishness. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s visit to the US will offer a new version of Irishness. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Taoiseach first gay prime minister to march in New York St Patrick’s Day parade

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes questions from the floor after giving a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach marks 20th anniversary of Belfast Agreement in US by reassuring unionists

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Varadkar uses speech to raise issue of protectionism amid EU-US trade war concerns

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is given a tour of the Dallas County Administration Building in Dealey Plaza, downtown Dallas on Monday, a floor above primary crime scene for the 1963 JFK shooting. Photograph: PA

Varadkar intends to raise immigration with Trump during meeting, if time allows

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets members of the Choctaw Nation in Oaklahoma on day two of his week-long visit to the US. Photograph: Niall Carson

‘The Choctaw family identified with the anguish, the spread of disease and starvation’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar watches a cultural display from members of the Choctaw nation at the Choctaw tribal council in Oklahoma on day two of his US visit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Visiting Taoiseach thanks Native American community for generosity during Famine

Former president Mary McAleese addressing the ‘Voices of Faith’ conference in Rome last week. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Ex-president said her sibling only recently revealed he was abused by Fr Malachy Finnegan

The leaders of the two main political parties in Northern Ireland have not received an invitation to the annual event, which takes place in the East Room of the White House on Thursday evening. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley jnr have been invited rather than the party leaders

Anna, Kayley and Aleisha,  former students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Marjory Stoneman Douglas students have touched a political nerve across the country

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, at the beginning of his week-long visit to the United States of America. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘This is the land of the free, home of the brave, where the gay rights movement began’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall speak to the media after a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott in Austin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar says the referendum is a question of trusting women

Scott Rollf, a seller at the  Florida Gun Show. Rollf says he approves of raising the age minimum and is fine with banning bump stocks and other attachments that boost firing speeds. Photograph: Zack Wittman/The New York Times

Business is brisk at Florida’s ‘largest gun event’, hours from the Parkland massacre

Choctaw Nation chief Gary Batton during a visit to Dublin in June 2017.

Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s Day visit is a reminder of a dark chapter in our shared history

A South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing pictures of US president Donald Trump  and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a railway station in Seoul on Friday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

US president will meet Kim Jong-un only if certain steps are taken, says White House

US president Donald Trump  and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.  Photograph: AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

No US president has held a face-to-face meeting with the North Korean leadership

A meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump will take place after Donald Trump signalled his agreement.

South Korean security chief says US president’s aim ‘permanent denuclearisation’

Leo Varadkar will meet with Choctaw chief Gary Batton, pictured during last year’s visit to Ireland, to mark the contribution made by the chief’s ancestors.

Native Americans donated to victims of Great Hunger in 1840s despite own hardships

US president Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday. Mr Trump opened the session promoting a “very big” meeting on steel and aluminium tariffs. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/Bloomberg

Mexico and Canada excluded following intense lobbying by Republicans

Donald Trump’s White House was rocked by another high-profile resignation as top economic advisor Gary Cohn quit in protest at the president’s decision to levy global steel tariffs. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Unpredictability is the only certainty in the Trump presidency

 Kellyanne Conway,  special counsellor to the president: government officials are prohibited from using their positions for partisan political purposes. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway breached guidelines by endorsing Roy Moore in Alabama special election

 Gary Cohn:  plans to resign. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Cohn unhappy with decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports

Donald Trump took markets and many of his own advisers by surprise last week by announcing plans to impose a tariff of 25 per cent on steel imports and a 10 per cent charge on aluminium entering the country. Photograph: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s surprise move risks interfering with economy, says Mitch McConnell

American orator, abolitionist, writer and escaped slave, Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) pictured circa 1880. Photograph: MPI/Getty Images

America Letter: The US slave-turned-campaigner enjoyed a tour of Ireland in the 1840s

The site of a shooting at Central Michigan University, the US. Photograph: Grant Polmanteer/via Reuters

Investigators search for a suspect (19) who is considered to be armed and dangerous

A screen grab of a video showing the launch of    Russia’s Sarmat strategic missile. A Pentagon spokeswoman said that 'the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared'. Photograph: Kremlin handout/EPA

Putin claims Moscow has developed cruise missiles with ‘practically unlimited range’

Hope Hicks: the White House communications director stepped down after testifying in Congress as part of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

US president loses communications director; AG promises ‘integrity and honour’

White House communications director Hope Hicks: “I wish the President and his administration the very best.” Photograph: Reuters

Long-term adviser’s exit latest high-profile departure from Trump administration

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to meet President Donald Trump in the White House in just over two weeks’ time. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

White House announces March is Irish-American heritage month

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner: his security clearance has been downgraded. Photograph: Evan Vucci

Trump’s son-in-law can no longer attend president’s daily intelligence briefings

House speaker Paul Ryan: shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school revealed a “big breakdown in the system”. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

‘We shouldn’t be banning guns for law-abiding citizens,’ says Paul Ryan

US president Donald Trump during a business session with state governors on Monday. “We’re going to have to start talking about mental institutions,”  Mr Trump said. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

‘I really believe I would have run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,’ president says

A customer inspects a shotgun at a Cabela’s outlet in Scarborough, Maine. The National Rifle Association backed Donald Trump financially in his election. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl

Pro-gun group set to pressurise US president if any move made to limit access to arms

 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Samuel Zeif (L) cries  during a listening session with  US president Donald Trump, at the White House, Washington, DC. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Florida school massacre has mobilised anti-gun campaigners like never before

 Donald Trump shakes hands with Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on Friday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Amid gun control pressure, US president also spoke of building a wall and Hillary Clinton

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meets US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  in Washington DC

Tánaiste meets White House adviser Jared Kushner during Washington visit

US president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with local and state officials on school safety at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

US president claims giving guns to trained staff ‘great deterrent’ to school shootings

Simon Coveney was the key-note speaker at a conference in New York on Thursday organised by Co-operation Ireland and Irish Central to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement.

Coveney set for talks with US secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Friday

 National Rifle Association executive vice-president  Wayne LaPierre speaks during the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Oxen Hill, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Gun rights figurehead: ‘They hate the Second Amendment, they hate individual freedom’

Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators in the annual March for Life, in Washington, US, on January 27th, 2017. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

US is facing another battle on reproductive rights, 45 years after the Roe v Wade ruling

Robert F Kennedy (L) and his brother John F Kennedy confer at a hearing in Washington. Photograph: Getty

While Chris Matthews' book eschews any negative portrayals of the Kennedys, it presents a vivid and poignant account of the senato(...)

Protesters  demonstrate in front of the US supreme court while the court hears arguments on gerrymandering, on October 3rd, 2017, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

America Letter: Party’s hopes for a mid-term boost could be frustrated by redistricting

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organisations for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election at the justice department in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty Images

Investigators reveal multi-year campaign to subvert US electoral process

Hector Romero assistant public defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, public defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for  Nikolas Cruz on Thursday. Photograph: Susan Stocker/AFP

Anger mounts at failure of authorities to stop suspect in school shooting that killed 17

Immigration activists marching  in front of the US Capitol on February 7th. The Daca programme,  which gave protection to the young, undocumented immigrants, is due to expire on March 5th. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

After week of debate, US Senate fail to agree legislation that could protect illegal minors

Suspect Nikolas Cruz appears at Broward County Court House on Thursday. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/AFP/Getty Images

Teenager charged with 17 counts of murder following deadly attack at high school

Suspect Nikolas Cruz appears at Broward County Court House on Thursday. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/AFP/Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz (19) charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following gun attack

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gather at Pine Trail Park in Parkland, Florida, on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

FBI confirms it had been warned about postings on social media last year

Nikolas Cruz during an appearance on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Getty Images

FBI had been warned following social-media comment Nikolas Cruz could pose threat

Students released from a lockdown are overcome with emotion following following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Photograph: AP

Analysis: Shooting is deadliest since Sandy Hook but is the eighth in a US school this year

 Video screen grab of suspect Nikolas Cruz at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Miguel Guttierez/AFP/Getty Images

Teenager charged with 17 murders as authorities deal with copycat threats

 US president Donald Trump answers  questions  in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president insists his priorities must be met as senators scramble to agree package

People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida after a multiple-fatality shooting at the school. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Suspect in custody and thousands of students evacuated from school after attack

Rob Porter (right)   who resigned last week ahead of the expected publication of details in a newspaper about his alleged abuse of two ex-wives. Photograph:  Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

White House says it was informed of abuse allegations against Rob Porter last week

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: “It’s really up to the North Koreans to decide when they’re ready to engage with us in a sincere way, a meaningful way.” Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/Pool photo via AP

White House unveils $1.5tn infrastructure plan as analysts fear debts and deficits

 President Donald Trump saluting a military aide upon arriving  at Newark  airport in  New Jersey. The president’s  notion  of hosting a military parade in Washington is a step too far for most. Photograph: Getty Images

President who was exempted from serving in Vietnam is planning a military parade

US house speaker Paul Ryan: has been invited to visit Ireland next January for the centenary of the first sitting of the Dáil. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

America Letter: Dáil delegation delivers Washington a message about healthy politics

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi after a vote to end a government shutdown on Capitol Hill. The shutdown was the second in less than three weeks. Photograph: Joshua Roberts

US president’s comments come in week marred by shutdown and financial fears

US House speaker Paul Ryan  answers questions  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Rand Paul’s filibuster underlines how the party is betraying its economic doctrine

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