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Minister Simon Harris speaking to reporters after the meeting with insurance company representatives. RollingNews.ie photo.   By Evan Short Ireland is to ramp up its defense against water in the coming years but in the meantime tens of thousands of people are being left high and dry when it comes to flood...

The poster for “Brooklyn” featuring Saoirse Ronan   By Irish Echo Staff There was a strong Irish and Irish American presence in the list of Oscar nominations which was released today. Indeed, the Irish Times described “an extraordinary day for the Irish film industry” with both Dublin-born Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” and...

A clearly delighted George Mitchell on Monday evening at the New York Athletic Club. Photo by Dominick Totino.   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com George Mitchell only accepted the offer to lead the 255th New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade when he was assured that the parade would include organized gay marchers,...

First Minister Arlene Foster   By Anthony Neeson A senior Sinn Féin member has called on people from all sections of the community in Northern Ireland to take part in this year’s centenary commemorations in order to develop a greater understanding of the events of Easter 1916. Declan Kearney was speaking after the DUP’s...

Richie O’Shea as pictured on his facebook page.   By Irish Echo Staff Richie O’Shea, one of the most popular singers on the Irish American music scene in recent decades, has died. He was 73. “I just found out that we just lost a great Icon on the Irish American scene for the last fifty years, Richie O’Shea. He was one...

The New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com A room in a fancy building, warring factions and a man with a reputation as a political dealmaker? Stormont 1998? Eh no, the New York Athletic Club in 2016. George Mitchell, the man whose name will be forever linked to Northern Ireland’s...

Christy O’Connor Jr. with the British Senior Open trophy in 2000. Inpho photo.   By John Manley Tributes from around the golfing and sporting world have been flowing in following the death of Irish golfing legend Christy O’Connor Jr. O’Connor died in his sleep on Wednesday, January 6 during a family holiday in...

George Mitchell.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The man who brought Northern Ireland’s bitterly divided political parties together to sign the 1998 Good Friday Agreement will be leading the 2016 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set to step off on March 17, this despite the strong divisions of recent months...

The Bastion apartments in Athlone (two blocks to the left) were evacuated after electricity was disconnected as a result of the flooding River Shannon. RollingNews.ie photo.   By Evan Short A long-term strategy is being drawn up to protect 300 areas across Ireland which are in danger of flooding. Taoiseach Enda Kenny...

Pier A is the venue for Thursday evening’s gathering     By Irish Echo Staff Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, will be in New York this week to launch the Irish government’s “2016 Commemorative Year in the U.S.” Flanagan will be in the city from Wednesday to Friday for a series of engagements related...