Niamh: “I am left wondering if, when a treatment is finally made available for FA, we will have to campaign for more than two years to secure funding to be able to avail of the treatment.” Photograph: Niamh Barry

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US president Donald Trump  at a White House event this week. His scattergun approach to virtually all policies has left the US’s traditional allies and his own staff reeling. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

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 Jeremy Hunt  with Boris Johnson in London ahead of the 2012 Olympics. The pair are the final two contenders for the Conservative Party leadership. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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President Donald Trump and prime minister Theresa May  during a joint press conference in London  during the second day of the president’s state visit. Photograph:  WPA Pool/Getty Images

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British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump are pictured in London’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office during his state visit to the UK. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

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Lauren  Whelan (15) from Loreto Crumlin in Dublin has SMA with Spinraza activists protesting outside Leinster House in Dublin in September 2018. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

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Gosport War Memorial Hospital in  Hampshire, England. Photograph: Will Glover/EPA

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’We were all told a different story’: Jean Scales of the Luton Irish Forum on the Leave campaign. Photo:Joanne O’Brien

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