Oscar and Arthur Kenevey, of Clarehall, Dublin, at the bandstand in St Stephens Green, Dublin for the People’s Climate Picnic today as world leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny prepare to meet in New York next week for a UN crisis summit on climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 600 people attended the People’s Climate Picnic in St Stephen’s Green today. It was the main event held in Ireland to mark a global protest (...)

Gay Rights supporters protest against the exclusion of the gay community during the 252nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, March 2014. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Three New York-based Irish-American gay groups intend to apply to participate in next year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan, creating another po(...)

A better parade
  • US
  • September 6, 2014, 11:01

When tens of thousands march down Fifth Avenue next March in New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade, the rainbow flag of the gay community will be visible(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Cardinal Sean Brady among bishops and Cardinals on the Altar at the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and newly named grand marshall of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade next year, welcomed the landma(...)

Gay Rights supporters protest against the exclusion of the gay community during the 252nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, March 2014. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

The organisers of the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade, the largest in the world, are lifting a ban prohibiting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transg(...)

Texas governor Rick Perry will likely run for the US presidency on the basis that he knows how to create prosperity. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Governor Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punchline? I have absolutely no idea. T(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he did not know what was being raised by Secretary general to the Government Martin Fraser or Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson in the lobby of Fitzpatrick’s Hotel in New York. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny made little yesterday of a public altercation in New York between his top civil servant and Ireland’s most senior diplomat(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny sits with New York mayor Bill de Blasio (third from right) during a service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York yesterday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson / Reuters 1:42

In New York yesterday, for the second time in two days, Enda Kenny found himself with the mayor of a major American city who wouldn’t go the St Pat(...)

Gay Rights supporters protest against the exclusion of the gay community during the 252nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny missed a demonstration by a gay rights group along the St Patrick’s Day route in New Yor(...)

New York mayor Bill de Blasio greets John  Ahern, grand marshal of the 2014 New York St Patrick’s Day Parade, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

He wants to close schools for the Chinese New Year, has pledged fealty to an Israeli political group, sprinkles Spanish and Italian phrases int(...)