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Varadkar set to succeed Kenny as new Irish PM

Dublin - Leo Varadkar was the clear favourite to succeed Enda Kenny as Ireland's prime minister Saturday as nominations closed for the leadership of the governing centre-right Fine Gael party.

Irish prime minister Kenny says will step down

Dublin - Enda Kenny announced Wednesday he will step down as Ireland's prime minister after six years once his Fine Gael party elects a new leader.The governing centre-right party's new leader will be in place by the end of June 2, Kenny said.

Brexit sparks debate on united Ireland vote

Dublin - Britain's vote to leave the EU has sparked a debate after Irish nationalists called for a referendum on reunification less than two decades after Northern Ireland's historic peace deal.

On new EU frontier, Brexit chief tries to calm nerves

Ireland - A stream runs through the land where Kevin Black used to man a checkpoint on the border between the north and south of Ireland -- now a focus of concern as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

On new EU frontier, Brexit chief tries to calm nerves

Ireland - A stream runs through the land where Kevin Black used to man a checkpoint on the border between the north and south of Ireland -- now a focus of concern as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

On new EU frontier, Brexit chief tries to calm nerves

Ireland - A stream runs through the land where Kevin Black used to man a checkpoint on the border between the north and south of Ireland -- now a focus of concern as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

EU's Barnier says wants Brexit talks without 'aggressivity'

Dublin - The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator sought Thursday to ease tensions between the bloc and Britain, saying a deal was possible if the talks were conducted without "aggressivity".

Heavens above! New Zealand to axe blasphemy laws

Wellington - New Zealand plans to scrap the crime of blasphemy after calls from across the political spectrum for reform in response to an Irish investigation into British comic Stephen Fry.

Heavens above! New Zealand to axe blasphemy laws

Wellington - New Zealand plans to scrap the crime of blasphemy after calls from across the political spectrum for reform in response to an Irish investigation into British comic Stephen Fry.

Heavens above! New Zealand to axe blasphemy laws

Wellington - New Zealand plans to scrap the crime of blasphemy after calls from across the political spectrum for reform in response to an Irish investigation into British comic Stephen Fry.

EU to mull post-Brexit membership for 'united Ireland': sources

Brussels - EU leaders are expected at a summit this weekend to back automatic membership for Northern Ireland after Brexit if it ever reunifies with Ireland, sources said on Friday.

Dutch PM stresses EU unity over Brexit with Danish, Irish leaders

Den Haag - The leaders of the Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark stressed the need for "unity" Friday as the three northern European countries seek to minimise the impact of Britain's divorce from the EU.

Vatican official says Pope planning Ireland trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis plans to visit Ireland in August next year, a top Vatican official said Thursday, four months after Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced what will be a landmark trip.

Five killed in north Wales helicopter crash

London - Five people were killed when their helicopter crashed in poor conditions in a mountainous part of northwest Wales, rescuers said Thursday after a major search operation.

Indian police say murdered Irish woman also raped

Mumbai - A young Irish woman who was murdered in the popular Indian tourist destination of Goa was also raped, police said Thursday.

Mass baby remains found at former Catholic home in Ireland

Dublin - "Significant quantities" of baby remains have been discovered in an apparent makeshift crypt at the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers in Ireland, an official commission said Friday.

Mass baby remains found at former Catholic home in Ireland

Dublin - "Significant quantities" of baby remains have been discovered in an apparent makeshift crypt at the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers in Ireland, an official commission said Friday.

Mass baby remains found at former Catholic home in Ireland

Dublin - "Significant quantities" of baby remains have been discovered in an apparent makeshift crypt at the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers in Ireland, an official commission said Friday.

Doris does damage as storm hits British Isles

London - Storm Doris slammed into the British Isles on Thursday, causing flight disruptions at Europe's busiest air hub and train cancellations.

Irish author first novelist to win Costa prize twice

London - Irish writer Sebastian Barry on Tuesday became the first novelist to scoop the Costa Book of the Year award twice, with his portrayal of an 1850s gay relationship between US soldiers.

Legal action in Ireland on possibility of Brexit U-turn

Dublin - A British lawyer launched legal action in Ireland on Friday in a bid to force the European Court of Justice to rule on whether or not Britain can reverse Brexit even after starting negotiations with Brussels.

Ireland claims EU breaching sovereignty in Apple tax ruling

London - Ireland set out its arguments on Monday against a European Commission ruling that tech firm Apple should pay billions in back-taxes to Dublin, claiming the EU executive arm has interfered in state sovereignty.

Irish village gears up to party for local hero Trump

Doonbeg - On a windswept coastline in western Ireland, a sleepy hamlet is preparing one hell of an inauguration party on January 20 when billionaire tycoon and local investor Donald Trump becomes US president.

Irish court unfreezes 100m euros for Khodorkovsky: report

Dublin - An Irish court on Wednesday released 100 million euros ($107 million) in frozen assets for exiled former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Irish Times reported.

Pro-Assad Syrian mufti rejects terrorism claims on Ireland visit

Dublin - Syria's pro-regime Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun on Thursday rejected claims he had encouraged terrorism in Europe, during a rare visit outside Syria that has triggered outrage from rights groups.

Pope to visit Ireland in 2018 says PM Kenny

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Ireland in August 2018 for the World Meeting of Families, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Monday after meeting the pontiff in Rome.

Irish PM says support growing for Brexit transition period

London - Britain's departure from the European Union could be softened by a transitional deal, allowing time to set the terms of a full divorce, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told Sky News Friday.

Brazil authorizes Irish Olympic chief's release on bail

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian judge ruled that Irish Olympic Committee (IOC) president Patrick Hickey, awaiting trial over an alleged ticketing scam, could be released on bail and leave the country.

Ireland launches appeal against EU Apple tax ruling

Dublin - Ireland lodged a formal appeal Wednesday against a European Commission ruling ordering the country to collect billions of euros in unpaid taxes from tech giant Apple.

Ireland bids to host EU bank regulator after Brexit

Dublin - Ireland will bid to host the European Union's banking regulator when it is forced to leave Britain following its exit from the bloc, the Irish department of finance announced on Tuesday.
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Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny.
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On Sunday, it was windy, cold and with a little about rain but tens of thousands of people attended the St. Patrick's Day parade in the downtown Toronto core.
On Sunday  it was windy  cold and with a little about rain but tens of thousands of people attended ...
On Sunday, it was windy, cold and with a little about rain but tens of thousands of people attended the St. Patrick's Day parade in the downtown Toronto core.
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On Sunday  it was windy  cold and with a little about rain but tens of thousands of people attended ...
On Sunday, it was windy, cold and with a little about rain but tens of thousands of people attended the St. Patrick's Day parade in the downtown Toronto core.