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  • The Boston Police Gaelic Column marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays

    A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city's new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.

  • NYC mayor honors Ireland's prime minister

    Several hundred people, including the prime minister of Ireland, launched New York City's St. Patrick's Day festivities at the historic Gracie Mansion.

  • US President Barack Obama, left, reacts after he was presented with a hurley stick from Irish Prime Minister and Taoiseach Enda Kenny while in Farmleigh, Dublin Monday May 23, 2011. Obama said Monday that the U.S. and Ireland share a "blood link" that extends beyond strategic interests or foreign policy into the hearts of the millions of Irish Americans who still see a homeland here.(AP Photo, Pool)

    Irish PM meets with Obama, pushes U.S. immigration reform

    Three days before St. Patrick's Day, President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden welcomed the prime minister of Ireland to Washington.

  • Several thousand abortion-rights protesters march through central Dublin on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, to demand that Ireland's government allow abortions to save a woman's life. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik)

    Irish abortion bill passes 1st test on 138-24 vote

  • Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny waves to students from the dais at Boston College, from which he received an honorary degree during commencement ceremonies at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Monday, May 20, 2013. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who as archbishop of Boston traditionally would have given the benediction at the ceremony, skipped the event because of the involvement of Mr. Kenny, who supports a bill in his country that would allow abortion. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cardinal skips Boston College graduation over Irish prime minister's role

    Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, skipped Boston College's commencement Monday because of the involvement of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who supports a bill in his country that would allow abortion.

  • Protesters for abortion rights hold a vigil for Savita Halappanavar outside Ireland's government headquarters in Dublin on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik)

    Ireland publishes bill on life-saving abortions

    Ireland unveiled a long-awaited bill Wednesday that lays down new rules governing when life-saving abortions can be performed, a point of potentially lethal confusion for women in a country that outlaws terminations.

  • Gaudy green revelers crammed the oak-shaded sidewalks of downtown Savannah for the St. Patrick's Day parade, Saturday, March, 16, 2013, in Savannah, Ga. The St. Patrick's Day celebration is a 189-year-old tradition in Georgia's oldest city. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

    Revelers worldwide start to mark St. Patrick's Day

    Crowds cheered and bagpipes bellowed as New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade kicked off Saturday, and people with a fondness for anything Irish began a weekend of festivities from the Louisiana bayou to Dublin.

  • Poll: Most of Ireland favors wider abortion access

    Most people in Ireland want lawmakers to give women wider access to abortion, a poll revealed Thursday as senior clerics testified before a parliamentary committee investigating Ireland's ban on the practice.

  • Ireland probes death of ill abortion-seeker

    The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed that a woman in the midst of a miscarriage was refused an abortion and died in an Irish hospital after suffering from blood poisoning.

  • Popular Irish author Maeve Binchy dies at 72

    Bestselling Irish author Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland's most popular writers who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, died in Dublin after a brief illness, Irish media and national leaders said. She was 72 years old.

  • Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny takes a glass of apple juice at the Bord Bia Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on June 1, 2012. Referendum officials compiling unofficial results say Ireland's voters have decided to ratify the European Union's deficit-fighting treaty with "yes" votes reaching nearly 60 percent. (Associated Press)

    Irish say yes to EU pact, now seek EU growth deal

    Ireland's voters have agreed to ratify the European Union's deficit-fighting treaty with a resounding 60.3 percent "yes," vote final referendum results Friday showed, but government leaders and pro-treaty campaigners alike expressed relief rather than joy because of the stark economic challenges ahead.

  • In Dublin, a huge banner depicting Ireland's being bled dry by austerity calls for a "no" vote in the referendum on the European Union's fiscal treaty. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik)

    Ireland voting on Europe's deficit-fighting treaty

    Ireland's debt-burdened voters confronted an existential dilemma Thursday as they decided in a referendum whether to ratify the European Union's deficit-fighting treaty, a measure backed by Germany as a confidence-building measure but criticized by many economists as exactly the wrong kind of medicine for countries drowning in red ink.

  • In Dublin, a huge banner depicting Ireland's being bled dry by austerity calls for a "no" vote in an upcoming referendum on the European Union's fiscal treaty. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik)

    Irish premier appeals to voters to approve to EU treaty

    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny made a nationally televised appeal Sunday to voters to support the European Union's fiscal treaty in a referendum this week, warning that rejection would send the signal that Ireland was not serious about tackling its deficits and was no longer a secure member of the euro currency bloc.

  • Some thousands of demonstrators march through the streets of Dublin, Ireland, Saturday March 31, 2012, during protests against Ireland's new property tax. Ireland faces a public revolt as more than 1 million of Ireland's 1.6 million households have failed to pay the new property tax. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik)

    Ireland faces popular revolt over new property tax

    Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax.

  • ** File ** President Obama drinks a Guinness at the Dubliner Restaurant and Pub on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2012, in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Obama marks St. Patrick's Day with pint in a pub

    His jacket was only moss green but his pint was true Guinness. President Obama tilted back a glass of the dark Irish brew Saturday, observing St. Patrick's Day at a boisterous Irish pub with his ancestral cousin from Moneygall, Ireland, at his side.

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  • Within just months of the re-opening of Ireland's Vatican embassy, Prime Minister Kenny announced the invitation to the Pope at a press conference held at the Irish College in Rome April 27.

    Ireland's invite to Pope could signal defrosting relations →

  • De Blasio held New York's traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion with the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, but boycotted the parade because organizers said marchers were not allowed to carry gay-friendly signs or identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

    St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays →

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