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

 US president Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

FBI investigation into sexual misconduct claims ‘unfair to judge’ if it takes too long

Deborah Ramirez: has gone public with allegations about US supreme court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence via AP

Democrats criticise inquiry for not speaking to other women who have come forward

Demonstrators protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US supreme court due to sexual assault claims. Photograph:   Saul Loeb

America Letter: Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford testimonies an ugly mirror of torn culture

Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testify in a combination photograph during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, on Thursday. Photographs: Win McNamee and Jim Bourg

Bar association wants FBI to investigate sexual assault claims by Blasey Ford and other women

 Senator Jeff Flake demanded one week’s delay in exchange for supporting Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Erin Schaff/ The New York Times

US Senate agrees to delay vote on supreme court nominee over misconduct allegations

Kieran Mc Loughlin, who is based in New York, has left the Ireland Funds to pursue other interests. Photograph: Ireland Funds

Organisation was established by Tony O’Reilly in 1976 to support peace

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said the  Chequers proposal is ‘a good deal for Northern Ireland”’. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Bradley says British people no longer want ‘bureaucrats in Brussels’ dictating trade policy

This combination of pictures of Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Thursday.  Photograph: Andrew Harnik/ Win McNamee/ Gabriella Demczuk/AFP/Getty Images

Woman, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at 15, says she feared she would die

Christine Blasey Ford  gave her first public account of what  happened at a house party in the early 1980s, when she was 15 and Brett Kavanaugh 17. Photograph:  Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

Drama in Washington as Christine Blasey Ford and supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein spoke briefly to President Donald Trump on Thursday, the White House said. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president and deputy attorney general agree to meet next week, White House says

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying during the Senate judiciary committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to  the US supreme court. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/EPA

Supreme court nominee vehemently denies accusations by Christine Blasey Ford

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney during a press conference at Farmleigh in Dublin as part of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ short visit to Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Simon Coveney to push Ireland’s case for a seat on UN Security Council in 2021-22

US president Donald Trump chairing a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

US president steps up attacks on Beijing in address to UN Security Council

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies on the second day of his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing while  under fire for  sexual misconduct claims. Photograph: Saul  Loeb/AFP/Getty

US president intensifies backing for supreme court nominee amid sex misconduct claims

US president Donald Trump addresses the United Nations general assembly at UN headquarters in New York, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president’s claim about his successes in office elicits unexpected response from world leaders

US president Donald Trump speaks at the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

US president returns to ‘America first’ themes but has kind words for North Korea

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘We’re working very closely both with the company and management in Limerick and also at all levels in Washington.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Company’s owners Rusal facing US sanctions over involvement of Russian billionaire

White House chief of staff John Kelly  and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein following a meeting at the White House on Monday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Deputy attorney general, who set up inquiry into Russian meddling, to meet with Trump

Former Labour MP Gisela Stuart (second, left), former Brexit secretary David Davis, Jacob Rees-Mogg  and former secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers, on Monday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Bus and coach services could also cease and road hauliers be banned if no deal agreed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, New York, on Monday. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Taoiseach’s summit address emphasises country’s commitment to peace and peacekeeping

 Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne has expressed opposition to a housing development in Inchicore which the Government has planned. File photograph: Alan Rowlette

Minister of State ‘would have to resign’ if she expressed no confidence in colleague

ITaoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria, on September 20th, 2018. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Taoiseach to speak at Nelson Mandela Peace Summit as Ireland seeks seat on UN security council

Demonstrators protest against US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Supreme court nominee denies allegation which White House dismissed as smear

The prospect of a full public hearing into the allegations against Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court has thrown Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the highest court in the land into doubt.  Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Committee refused to subpoena friend of Supreme Court nominee who was apparent witness

Aughinish Alumina is one of the biggest employers in the Limerick region, with more than 450 people employed directly at the plant in Askeaton

US tariffs question mark hangs over plant

 An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at Farmleigh, at the start of Mr Abbas’s short visit to Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach to seek support for Ireland’s efforts to be awarded place on security council

Here are 10 people who could take on Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election

John Hume’s wife Pat pictured in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere of ‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ last November. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

America Letter: Stateside screening of movie shines light on lesser-known US connections

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein called the New York Times story “inaccurate and factually incorrect” and said the anonymous sources behind it were “advancing their own personal agenda”. Photograph: Pete Marovich/New York Times

US deputy attorney general denies discussing removing president under 25th amendment

Protesters are arrested during a demonstration in Washington in opposition to US president Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and in support for Dr Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Republicans confident senator will be confirmed for supreme court despite allegations

US supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh:  Republicans and US president Donald Trump indicated  they would not ask the FBI to reopen a background investigation. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Christine Blasey Ford says she has received death threats since speaking out

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, president Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Woman claims that US supreme court nominee assaulted her 36 years ago

Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, in Washington, September 6th, 2018. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president defends supreme court pick as accuser’s lawyers say she was sent death threats

 US president Donald Trump and Polish president Andrzej Sebastian Duda at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Woman claims US Supreme Court nominee assaulted her when they were teenagers

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at a reception for the launch of the Cambridge History of Ireland at the Irish ambassador’s residence in Washington on Monday night. Photograph: Marty Katz

Rumoured presidential candidate in 2020 says ‘I am running to change the attitude’

Brett Kavanaugh:  Accusation of  sexual assault when the judge was a teenager has thrown his supreme court nomination process into disarray. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US Wrap: Trump criticises timing of sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford

 Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: categorically denied the allegations of an attack last week after a New Yorker article published details of the alleged incident without including the name of the accuser. Photograph:  Alex Wroblewski/Reuters

Christine Blasey Ford says Trump’s supreme court nominee sexually assaulted her in 1982

A six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of Donald Trump is flown as a protest against his visit in Parliament Square in London, England in July. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP Photo

The unprecedented to-ing and fro-ing reflects the chaos of the US president’s administration

 Volunteers  help rescue three children from their flooded home in James City, United States. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

America Letter: Entrenched views on climate change and bad laws are reaping a whirlwind

North Carolina governor, Roy Cooper: ‘To those in the storm’s path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place’ Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

Gusts of up to 144km/h reported with up to 127cm of rain expected in North Carolina

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters/File Photo

Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty to two criminal counts as part of deal with special counsel

Flood waters  in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy rains and winds lash the outer banks of North Carolina in biggest storm of the year

Ohio businessman Ed Crawford, who has emerged as the front-runner to become the next US ambassador to Ireland, at the opening of an Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland. Image: YouTube.

Trump fundraiser set to be America’s representative in Ireland

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, US, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. Photograph: AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Experts issue warnings as US coastal residents run out of time to evacuate

Actor Cynthia Nixon:  in her campaign to be New York’s first woman governor, she has slumped  behind incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty

‘Sex in the City’ star Cynthia Nixon takes on Andrew Cuomo in governor of New York bid

President Donald Trump, seen here speaking  during a ceremony on the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on Tuesday,  has   cancelled his planned visit to Ireland in November. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Irish government said visit ‘postponed’ for ‘scheduling reasons’ while White House said no final decision made

Nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11 when other airplanes were flown into New York’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon

President visits Shanksville 9/11 memorial site on 17th anniversary of attacks

The Palestine Liberation Organisation office in Washington. The mission opened in the US capital in 1994. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Palestinians call move ‘dangerous escalation’ as John Bolton denounces ICC in speech

 Pedestrians walk by the New York Stock Exchange on September 15th, 2008, in New York City, US. File photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A decade after the world’s worst financial meltdown, history may be repeating itself

Billboard displays Colin Kaepernick on the roof of the Nike store in San Francisco: 'Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.' Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

America Letter: Football season kicks off with more Trump commentary

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to Fargo, North Dakota, on Friday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president suggests the government could take legal action against ‘New York Times’

Barack Obama has kept a relatively low-profile since leaving office in January last year and has refrained from criticising his successor directly. However on Friday he spoke out at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Photograph: Daniel Acker/The New York Times

Former president called for restoration of ‘honesty, decency and lawfulness in government’

President Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, testifies before a US Senate committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Controversy erupts after Democrats threaten to release documents relating to Trump nominee

 US vice-president Mike Pence has denied he is the author of an anonymous ‘New York Times’ piece. File photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Leading figures deny they are the author of article denouncing president’s leadership

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey speaks as chief operating officer of Facebook  Sheryl Sandberg listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

‘The era of the wild west in social media is coming to an end,’ warns one senator

A demonstrator is removed by US Capitol police during a  confirmation hearing for supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Democrats accused of trying to conduct Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing by ‘mob rule’

Among the revelations was the way that Donald Trump demeans his own senior advisers behind their backs. . Photograph: J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

Donald Trump called ‘idiot’, ‘off the rails’ by chief of staff in new book

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  meeting President Donald Trump  at the White House around St Patrick’s Day: Mr Trump is set to meet Mr Varadkar in Dublin in November and almost certainly pay a courtesy call to President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Government may request visit to take place after Armistice event to avoid protocol clash

US President Donald Trump’s motorcade passes by protesters outside Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, US, September 1st. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Managing protests will be main challenge during November visit

Former US president Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service of US senator John McCain  at National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday. Photograph:  Chris Wattie/Reuters

John McCain funeral: Former US presidents, senators, Vietnam-era officials pay tribute

In the debate about how to commemorate John McCain, one idea quickly too hold: renaming the Russell Senate Building in Washington, DC,  after the late senator. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

America Letter: Proposal to rename building taps into broader cultural debate

Cindy McCain, wife of late US senator John McCain, leans over his casket as his body lies in state inside the US Capitol rotunda in Washington on Friday. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Vice-president Mike Pence praises deceased Arizon senator’s ‘iron will’

US president Donald Trump is to visit Ireland in November, the White House has announced. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US president will ‘renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations’

Former vice-president Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service for Senator John McCain in Phoenix, Arizona: “I’m a Democrat and I love John McCain.” Photograph: Brian Snyder

Six-term US senator to lie in state in Washington ahead of Saturday funeral

US president Donald Trump: said veteran Washington Post journalist was “sloppy” and “a degenerate fool” being “laughed at all over the country”.  Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein criticised for story related to Michael Cohen

Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee speaks during a teachers’ rally in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photograph: Josh Ritchie/The New York Times

Trump praises results of primaries and says Republicans will ‘make America great again’

Former Maricopa county sheriff and current Arizona Republican Senate candidate Joe Arpaio on the campaign trail  at the Tucson Expo Gun Show. Photograph: Caitlin O’Hara/New York Times

Whoever fills McCain and Flake Senate seats will be strong indicator of party’s future

US president Donald Trump waves a red card as he  meets  FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters.

President also criticises Twitter, Facebook, claiming he has had ‘thousands of complaints’

A makeshift memorial to US senator John McCain, who died on Saturday night.  Photograph: Robyn Beck / AFP

President has been silent on the death of the 81-year-old senator, save for one tweet

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

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