Amazon’s decision to up the pay of some of its warehouse employees (to $15 an hour) has  rung alarm bells. Photograph: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

Unlike US president Donald Trump, President Michael D Higgins doesn’t have a Council of Economic Advisers. Given the powers available to the Irish hea(...)

This budget cuts Medicaid by more than $1 trillion over 10 years – which would throw some 15 million Americans off of the health insurance they currently have. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

After failing to pass a “healthcare” Bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a Bill that was more unpopular th(...)

Even George Orwell did not foresee how much people would covet devices in their pockets that track their every action and which attempt to abolish the concept of privacy in order to maximise commercial exploitation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Recently, I was at the last meeting of a group of young people who had been thrown together to work very intensely in service of others for five days.(...)

President-elect Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton. Photograph: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Take down the Stars and Stripes. And raise in its stead the new flag of the United States: an all-white banner with, at its centre, a big fist with t(...)

Donald Trump speaks at a conference in Washington last week. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

On a visit to the US last week, the coverage of the presidential primaries was unavoidable as the various networks and newspapers immersed themselves (...)