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Martin McGuinness pictured in his office last week.     By Anthony Neeson Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Féin were right to reject last December’s Stormont House Agreement and insists the new deal agreed last month will protect the most vulnerable in society. The “Fresh Start” agreement saw Sinn Féin and the DUP reach...

John Dunleavy has stepped down as parade and celebration committee chairman.   By Ray O’Hanlon The New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade saga took a new turn this week, or indeed several turns. On Monday, longtime parade and celebration committee chairman, John Dunleavy, took leave of his post after 22 years. Dunleavy had...

Fr. Gerry Reynolds     By Anthony Neeson Tributes are being paid this week to Belfast priest, Fr. Gerry Reynolds, a pivotal figure in the formative days of the Northern Ireland peace process. Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was among those who paid tribute to a man he dubbed a “champion of the peace process.” The...

The Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. By Ray O’Hanlon It will be another Christmas in the shadows for thousands of undocumented Irish, this just over a year after many were given an early seasonal gift of hope after President Obama moved to suspend deportations of those illegal and undocumented who are...

Lynn Boylan. By Anthony Neeson A Sinn Féin Member of the European Parliament has claimed that Irish neutrality is being eroded by Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s comments if the face of the current terrorist threat in Europe. Kenny has indicated that the Irish government was prepared to send a small number of Irish Defence...

Dr. Kurt Hübner.   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com As the new “Fresh Start” agreement was being unveiled in Belfast last week, a potentially even fresher restart for the island of Ireland was being unveiled at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. A study of the economic impact of Irish unification, the “Modelling...

Peter Robinson with Martin McGuinness after the announcement last week of the new “Fresh Start” Stormont deal.   By Anthony Neeson North First Minister and Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson has given his final leader’s speech at his party’s annual conference. Speaking in County Down on Saturday, Robinson said...

The venue for the meeting was Cathedral High School in Manhattan. By Aaron Vallely Bringing back “democracy to the running of the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade was a particular focus of participants in a meeting of parade affiliated organizations held even as the parade’s immediate future appeared to be in the...

Mairead Sorenson By Áine Ní Shionnaigh Until recently, my sole interest in Butler’s Chocolates was savoring the dark and white creations nestled within the luxury trademark brown and white packaging. Irish chocolate is always the best, Butlers exceedingly so. However this week when I spoke to the Chair of Butlers...

Chuck Feeney By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com A record grant from Chuck Feeney-founded Atlantic Philanthropies will see Ireland take a position in the front rank of the global battle against the ravages of dementia. One of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, The Atlantic Philanthropies, according...