The New York St Patrick's Day Parade
Ireland will be represented in the New York St Patrick's Day Parade by the Laois TD Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan.
The Mountmellick native will undertake a hectic programme of events as part of the Government’s St Patrick’s Day programme in the Big Apple.
Top of the agenda for the Minister is the St Patrick’s Day Parade in – the oldest and largest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world which takes place on Saturday, March 16. Minister Flanagan will join members of An Garda Síochána.
In advance, he will meet with New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, at his official residence, Gracie Mansion. Both the Minister and the Mayor will address invited guests at a special event hosted by the Mayor. The Minister will also attend a special St Patrick’s Day mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
On March 17 itself – the Minister will take part in the 44th annual Brooklyn Parade, including speaking at a special 9/11 memorial event.
The Department of Justice says Minister Flanagan’s programme has a range of economic elements. He will meet with a number of Enterprise Ireland and IDA clients and address invited guests at the US launch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland’s Annual Report. He will also address the Ireland Chamber of Commerce – USA and give the keynote address at a special conference, “Understanding Brexit”.
He will also undertake a number of policing engagements. He will meet with the NYPD Commissioner, James O’Neill and with other NYPD senior officers regarding organized crime.
The Minister will speak at a special event to mark the 21st anniversary of the Detective Garda Jerry McCabe scholarship programme at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The Minister will also address influential friends of the Consulate, including senior legal figures, on developments in Ireland, including Brexit and on initiatives including the new Brexit Legal Services Initiative.
The Fine Gael TD will also undertake a wide range of engagements at the United Nations. Ireland currently holds the chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Minister Flanagan will participate in an event to promote gender equality in Public Institutions and Sustaining Peace.
He will also address a UN audience at the premiere film screening of Women, Peace and Power – a film which focuses on the important role of women in peace building in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Liberia.
He will also undertake a number of bilateral meetings and engagements to promote Ireland’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.
He will address guests at an event to mark St Patrick’s Day hosted by Ireland’s Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to the UN.
Minister Flanagan will also participate in events to promote Irish culture, including an Irish Arts Center celebration of Irish / Appalachian Connections.