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France, Ireland urge UK to start Brexit process 'as soon as possible'

Dublin - Britain should begin the process of leaving the European Union "as soon as possible", France and Ireland said after talks between President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin.

Irish parliament rejects limited abortion bill

Dublin - The Irish parliament on Thursday rejected proposed legislation to allow abortion in Ireland in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

Brexit vote sparks surge in Irish passport applications

London - Britain's vote to leave the European Union has triggered a surge in applications for Irish passports, which would allow their holders to remain EU citizens, officials said Monday.

In divided Belfast, Brexit vote sows uncertainty

Belfast - The Brexit vote has sown uncertainty in the still divided communities of Belfast, where memories of the conflict that tore the province apart for three decades are all too raw.

Irish leaders dismiss call for unity vote after Brexit

Dublin - The leaders of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland dismissed a call Friday for a vote on unification after Britain's shock decision to leave the European Union.

Chicago police on lookout for Sinead O'Connor after suicidal report

Chicago - Officers were on the lookout for Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, after receiving a tip that she may be in a suicidal state, the Chicago Police Department told AFP.

U.S. vice president begins official visit to Ireland

Dublin - United States Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Dublin on Tuesday evening for a six-day official visit to Ireland that will include tours of the birthplaces of his ancestors and meetings with local leaders.

Canadian-Iranian anthropologist jailed in Iran

Montr - A Canadian-Iranian anthropologist, Homa Hoodfar, has been arrested and held in Iran since Monday, sources close to the case said Wednesday. Hoodfar, 65, is a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, and also holds Irish nationality.

Ireland abortion laws cause 'inhuman' treatment: UN experts

Dublin - A woman in Ireland carrying a dying foetus was the victim of "inhuman" treatment caused by the country's strict abortion laws, United Nations experts said Thursday.

Fresh probe ordered into UK's 1974 Birmingham pub bombings

London - A coroner on Wednesday ordered a re-examination of the deaths of 21 people in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, one of Britain's worst ever terror attacks, after claims that police failed to act on two warnings.

Peru expels British woman convicted of drug trafficking

- Authorities in Peru said they will expel a British woman in prison since 2013 after being convicted of trafficking cocaine. A court in Lima approved the expulsion of Briton Melissa Reid, granting a petition for her release filed by her attorneys.

Kenny re-elected prime minister by Irish parliament

Dublin - Ireland's parliament re-elected Enda Kenny as prime minister at the head of a minority government on Friday following a deal aimed at a slight easing of austerity after more than two months of impasse.

Ireland's Kenny set to be reappointed PM on Friday

Dublin - Ireland's parliament is expected to re-appoint Enda Kenny as prime minister on Friday, paving the way for the formation of a minority government to end months of political stalemate.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams apologises for racial slur

London - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams apologised Monday for using a racial slur on Twitter while seeking to compare the treatment of African Americans with Catholics in Northern Ireland.

Deal reached in Ireland to form minority government

Dublin - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party was on Friday poised to form a minority government after striking a deal with its longtime rival Fianna Fail, following inconclusive elections in February.

Ireland edges closer to forming new government with deal on water charges

Dublin - A deal between two rival parties to suspend controversial water charges nudged Ireland closer to the formation of a minority government on Wednesday after more than two months of tortuous negotiations.

Pope approves Albanian martyrs, Irish Jesuit for beatification

Vatican City - An Albanian bishop who died after being tortured and 37 other Catholic victims of the country's former communist regime have been recognised as martyrs, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

Drone crosses path of Aer Lingus plane over France

Paris - A drone flying at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres came close to an Aer Lingus plane as it approached Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, airport sources said on Thursday.

Irish MPs fail in latest attempt to chose PM

Dublin - Ireland's parliament failed for a third time to elect a prime minister Thursday, prolonging the apparently insoluble stalemate that has left the country without a new government for almost seven weeks.

Ireland's main opposition party rejects coalition deal

Dublin - Ireland's main opposition Fianna Fail party on Thursday rejected an offer to form a full coalition partnership with Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael following inconclusive elections in February.

Irish MPs fail to chose PM — again

Dublin - Irish lawmakers on Wednesday failed to elect a new prime minister for the second time in 40 days since an inconclusive general election, while forming a new government remains an elusive prospect.

Ireland marks centenary of Easter Rising that led to independence

Dublin - Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion against British rule that paved the way for independence.

A bear bone is rewriting the story of Ireland's earliest humans

A bear's knee bone found in an Irish cave in 1903 may provide evidence of human existence in Ireland 2,500 years earlier than previously thought, it was announced on Sunday.

Five family members killed in Irish beauty spot car plunge

Dublin - Five members of a family, including three children, were killed when their car plunged off a pier at Buncrana, a beauty spot in northwest Ireland, authorities said Monday.

Irish parliament fails to nominate PM, Kenny resigns

Dublin - Ireland's outgoing prime minister Enda Kenny resigned Thursday after losing a parliamentary vote to be renamed to his post, following an inconclusive general election in the eurozone nation last month.

Irish parliament may fail to appoint prime minister: Kenny

London - Ireland's parliament may to fail to appoint a head of government when it meets this week for the first time after an inconclusive election, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Monday.

Irish parties regroup after inconclusive election

Dublin - Ireland's two main parties gathered their lawmakers on Thursday to discuss their options after final results from last week's election confirmed a fragmented political landscape with no clear winner.

Toronto dads fight back after birth photo used in anti-gay ads

Toronto - A photo showing the touching moment when two Toronto dads met their newborn son for the first time quickly went viral when the little boy was born two years ago. But not all of the attention it attracted has been positive.

Old foes face dilemma over teaming up after Irish election

Dublin - Ireland's two biggest political parties, bitter rivals for almost a century, were facing a tough choice Monday in the wake of inconclusive elections -- team up, or risk months of instability.

Ireland waits for answers after 'earthquake' election

Dublin - Ireland's political uncertainty looked set to drag into a third day after Prime Minister Enda Kenny's coalition government was ousted in an election that produced no clear alternative.
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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 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 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.
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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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A donkey in a paddock near the Irish town of Ballina.
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