Climate action is not just one more item on the weekly shopping list. Rather, it affects all other crises: homelessness, housing, healthcare, economic reform. Photograph: iStock Covid-19 the latest crisis in a broader climate emergency

Rite&Reason: A healthy planet is a prerequisite for a healthy humanity

When hours spent on paid employment are accounted for, women still carry out more hours of care than men. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Women need a new world of welfare and work

Covid-19 recovery plan must address supports for those not on live register

US president Donald Trump playing golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Saturday, the first time the president played golf since the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA Dominic Cummings affair reflects Brexit exceptionalism

US and British exceptionalism a significant factor in response to Covid-19 crisis

Covid-19 has provided perfect conditions for an infodemic. It has heightened our risk awareness, created a hunger for real-time information and compromised our decision-making ability. Photograph: AP It's not just the pandemic curve - squash the infodemic curve too

Many techniques working in Covid-19 fight can be applied to curb false virus ‘facts’

Grand Canal Dock: Big Tech bosses have decided they don’t need offices. Many places where young people work – bars, restaurants, cafes, salons, clothing shops – will disappear completely.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Una Mullally: Young people will rebuild Ireland from ashes

Generation to be worst-hit by post-epidemic recession will act to effect real social change

A woman points towards a satirical poster from the group Led By Donkeys depicting Boris Johnson as former British prime minister Neville Chamberlain delivering his “Peace for Our Time” speech, Kentish Town, London,  on May 19th. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: Ireland is again collateral damage in Britain’s self-harm

The attitudes behind Brexit resurface in Boris Johnson’s tragic failure of leadership

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: assertive macro-economic policy in 2020 is the most responsible thing we can do.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland David McWilliams: Beware Paschal Donohoe’s conventional thinking

Saving the economy today, to grow tomorrow, requires assertive macro-economic policy

“For many businesses and organisations to operate reliably in this ‘new normal’, they are going to have to make significant changes.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/ Post-Covid-19 economy offers opportunities for innovation

State should consider publicly-funded infrastructure projects to aid recovery

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty EU mutual debt plan will come with a price tag for Ireland

Like every other member state, Ireland will have to accept trade-offs we do not like

German chancellor Angela Merkel: her accord with Emmanuel Macron is a conscious end-run around the German Constitutional Court. Photograph: Odd Andersen World View: German Constitutional Court and political taboo

Prior to Berlin-Paris recovery deal, GCC may have set in motion EU crisis

People walk past a billboard in Dublin which is part of the Government’s In This Together campaign. Governments around the world are starting to worry about how to keep the public onside during the long, divisive, fretful months ahead. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Going anywhere nice this year? Just back to the 1970s, thanks

After 10 weeks of abnormality, a belt of the crozier will no longer be enough

In a new documentary Norma McCorvey says that she was always pro-choice and that she was paid by the religious right to make anti-abortion statements. Photograph: Reuters/Shaun Heasley/File Photo Neither side of abortion debate emerges well from McCorvey story

Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe of Roe v Wade was exploited by elements of both sides

Really big decisions await on whether, if the infection figures are okay, Ireland should move more quickly in reopening. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Cliff Taylor: Scale of economic decisions too big for caretakers

Rebooting the economy is a complex task best-placed in hands of new government

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE and David Walsh, National Director of Community Operations, HSE pictured  at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health on 11th May.Pi cture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin Nphet shows the value of scientific advice

Similar networks can furnish timely expert advice to Government on other issues

‘There is still a long road ahead of us to eliminate the stresses of endemic bullying and other forms of homophobia.’ Photograph: iStock Mary McAleese: Marriage equality did not end rampant homophobia

Hostile attitudes and behaviour still make the lives of LGBT+ youths a misery

Normal People author Sally Rooney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Diarmaid Ferriter: Normal People sets the sexual bar too high

Today’s television sex is far too polished and sophisticated

 Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters: Of their case, Mr Justice Charles Meenan said: “Unsubstantiated opinions, speeches, empty rhetoric and a bogus historical parallel are not a substitute for facts.”  Photograph: Alan Betson Stephen Collins: Crisis inspires fact-based debate and solidarity

Covid-19 corrals Irish politics and journalism towards science and solutions

The Irish Universities Association has predicted that universities will suffer an income collapse of €180 million from loss of overseas students alone. Class of 2020 must not become lost generation of school-leavers

Higher education requires clarity for students and €400m rescue package

Jeffrey Donaldson: as recently as last November he said Johnson’s deal would 'destabilise Northern Ireland'. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Newton Emerson: The real U-turn on a Brexit sea border has been by the DUP

The unionist party has performed a reverse ferret worthy of Boris Johnson himself

Gardai check addressed of visitors to Sandycove after it and the 40ft reopened on the first day of Covid 19 Restrictions being eased.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times Lockdown: the privileged few versus the ordinary many?

Pandemic restrictions becoming a new front in the culture wars

Living in nursing homes makes it intrinsically difficult to physically distance oneself. File photograph: Getty Nursing homes must be made a thing of the past

Older people have moral right to live in the community and be free of institutions

An Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterborough,  England. Photograph: Chris J RatcliffeAFP/Getty Images Kathy Sheridan: Hard to socially distance from Amazon

Despite criticism of how it treats workers, the company is having a good pandemic

The ruling of the German federal constitutional court at Karlsruhe in relation to the ECB’s purchase of government bonds caused outrage in the EU’s establishment. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA Ireland should be slow to condemn Karlsruhe

German constitutional court has always been clear on limits of EU power

The big issue is not the money – it’s what we do with it. Photograph: Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: Spare us the scare stories about public spending

Ireland will have to borrow a lot of money. What matters is how well we spend it

School closure having a devastating impact on children in low-income families

How do parents support ongoing access to education for their children if they don’t have a laptop, home broadband or phone credit?

Primary school students arrive at school in The Hague, on May 11, 2020 as Primary schools, playgroups and childcare reopen amid the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  (Photo by SEM VAN DER WAL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images) Plan to reopen economy will fail if childcare not taken seriously

Gap created by childcare facility closure was assumed to be filled by family members

I have seen God in the front-line workers in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices. Photograph: iStock God is not missing at this time of Covid-19

Christendom has done little to dispel the hierarchical view of a missing God

Matt Damon in Dalkey: Flaunting just a winning smile and a man-of-the-people SuperValu plastic bag, fawning media attention ensues. Our deification of Matt Damon tells us about how celebrity wattage blinds us

We have a pathological need not just for The Famous Person to visit but through some ritual process of transubstantiation become like us

World Health Organisation: ‘You must be the first mover. The virus will always get you if you don’t move quickly.’ File photograph: The Irish Times Gabriel Scally: Republic meets the tests to exit coronavirus lockdown

Overshadowing progress in the South is out of step circumstance that prevails in North

On the British side a deeply ingrained misconception exists, namely that prime minister Boris Johnson, by holding out until the last minute last autumn, won major concessions from the EU on the withdrawal agreement. File photograph: Getty Bobby McDonagh: The Great British Brexit tantrum

British envoys may be deploying a combination of indignation and stubbornness

Mike Murray runs through Phoenix Park with his son Donnacha and spaniel Pip. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell Una Mullally: Reverse return of the car to Phoenix Park as a matter of urgency

The OPW must not throw away the opportunity for the park – the lungs of Dublin – to become car-free

 A view of Government Buildings in Dublin amid lockdown. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA David McWilliams: We are living through a ‘Pandession’ – here's how we escape

There is an opportunity for Ireland in this unique 21st-century economic scenario

First minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon attends the opening of The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre located in Aberdeen Bay on September 7th, 2018 off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Fintan O’Toole: ‘Bomb the economy’ is the only climate strategy that’s worked in Ireland

How can Scotland meet climate targets while Ireland fails? One word: leadership

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Minister for Business Heather Humphreys at a Fine Gael press conference in  January. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Pat Leahy: Fine Gael needs to get real about coalition

Belief in party that it would do well whether talks succeed or not is probably over-optimistic

The German Constitutional Court. The ruling from the Karlsruhe-based court represents a mortal threat to the EU as we know it.  Photograph: Getty Images German Constitutional Court is a bigger threat to EU than Brexit or Covid-19

The EU is different from other international organisations in that it can make law that takes priority over national law

As the Government zooms in on issues such as insurance and potential transmission risks it is ignoring the less headline-grabbing but more dire risks to vulnerable children. It is fighting the wrong wars. Photograph: Getty Images Jennifer O’Connell: Endless dithering on children and education is unconscionable

Covid-19 has exposed system’s shortcomings and Government has failed to act effectively

A worker opens a door using a 3D printed handle modifier, allowing hand-less entry, inside a Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemet, Hungary. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg Will the post-pandemic world be ‘the same, just a bit worse’?

Coronavirus will cause irreversible change, but whether for good or bad is up for grabs

A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample. A cost of, say €1.7 billion per annum for PPE and testing is equivalent to the annual budget of the Department of Children or Department of Agriculture and Food. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Trying to understand a downturn happening at warp speed

Huge costs of addressing Covid-19 and rising unemployment will present real political problems

This year’s Leaving Certs  have been battered by the backwash of the pandemic. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill The groups of students who deserve particular attention

This year’s Leaving Certs have been the focus, but incoming sixth, third and first years also need concern and planning

A man carries an Irish flag during the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York: Emigrants frequently have to straddle two worlds, handling identity, dislocation and integration issues. Photograph:  Reuters/Shannon Stapleton Diarmaid Ferriter: When going back can be as difficult as staying

In a sense, it is like a return to the 1950s when Irish emigrants in the US could rarely attend family funerals

 Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, third left, Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, right Department of Health, Dr Colm Henry, second left Chief Clinical Officer, HSE and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group pictured  Thursday 14th May at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin Where to draw the line on letting science drive policy

Expert recommendations must be critically scrutinized in light of their likely impact on long-term health and well-being

Time to reset Europe’s relationship with China

The changes in the EU-China relationship have been accelerating since the outbreak of coronavirus

Paschal Donohoe: brought a reality check to the talks on government formation by laying out some very pertinent  facts. Photograph: Ireland/PA Wire Stephen Collins: False sense of security prevails on Covid-19 costs

Politicians need to be frank about scale of the economic crisis ahead

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has emerged as a champion of governance – thanks to her decisive and early action, her straightforward messaging, and her humane interaction with the concerns of her citizens.  Photograph: Dom Thomas/RNZ/Bloomberg Women leaders are doing better, but not for the reason you might think

It is wrong to assume feminine qualities make for a better pandemic response

First Minister Arlene Foster (R) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at Stormont on May 7th. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire Newton Emerson: North’s lockdown exit plan marks a big leap by Sinn Féin

SF-DUP truce at Stormont will come under pressure as pandemic measures are eased