Does Ireland have a future?

RSA hosts debate on Ireland’s precarious financial and political situation featuring the <em>New Sta

Ireland was hit hard by the financial crisis. The Celtic Tiger crumbled and those who had praised its rapid, unsustainable growth, such as George Osborne, were left looking foolish.

An IMF and EU bailout followed and the nation that had fought so hard for its independence once again found foreign powers dictating its affairs.

The New Statesman's editor, Jason Cowley, today chairs a debate at the Royal Society of Arts in central London on Ireland's future, featuring Maurice Walsh, the current Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford.

The debate will consider whether mass emigration and economic stagnation are sending Ireland back to its past.

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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.