Minister Flanagan travels to New York for political, economic, policing, justice, diaspora & UN engagements as part of the Government’s St. Patrick’s Day programme


13 March 2019


The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, will travel to New York this evening (Wednesday) to undertake a busy programme of events as part of the Government’s St. Patrick’s Day programme.


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City – the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world – will take place on Saturday, March, 16th and Minister Flanagan will join members of An Garda Síochána at the parade.  In advance of the parade, 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 to mark St. Patrick’s Day hosted by the Mayor.  The Minister will also attend a special St. Patrick’s Day mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.


The following day – St. Patrick’s Day itself – the Minister will take part in the 44th annual Brooklyn Parade, including speaking at a special 9/11 memorial event.


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”.


While in New York, the Minister will 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.


In New York, the Minister will 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 of the important role of women in peace building in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Liberia.  Minister Flanagan will 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.  The Minister 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.




Note for Editors:


DRAFT Abridged programme for Visit of the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan T.D. for St. Patrick’s Day, March 2019


Wednesday 13th March

p.m.                                       Arrive JFK

Briefing with Consul General & Team


Thursday 14th March

All Day                                  Engagements at the United Nations including:

                                                CSW Side Event: Gender Equality in Public Institutions and Sustaining Peace

                                                & St. Patrick’s Day Event


Friday 15th March

a.m.                                       Keynote address at Brexit Conference convened by Irish Central

                                                Harvard Club, 35 W 44th Street

a.m.                                       Enterprise Ireland Client Networking Meeting

p.m.                                       Address US Ireland Council St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street

p.m.                                       Address “Women, Peace and Power” premiere film screening at the UN

p.m.                                       Address launch of American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland Annual Report

Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue

p.m.                                       Address Reception for St. Patrick’s Day and 21st Anniversary of the Det. Garda Jerry McCabe scholarship programme 

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street

p.m.                                       Irish Arts Center celebration of Irish / Appalachian Connections

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway


Saturday 16th March

a.m.                                       Address Mayor’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

                                                Gracie Mansion, Residence of the Mayor of NYC

a.m.                                       Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral

a.m.                                       Address ICCUSA Breakfast

                                                Lotte New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue

a.m.                                       March in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade with An Garda Síochána

                                                Finish at the Viewing Stand 64th St.

                                                Lunch with the Knights of St. Patrick

                                                America Irish Historical Society

                                                Event to celebrate the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Brian O’Dwyer


Sunday 17th March

a.m.                                       View NYPD Facilities

p.m.                                       911 Commemoration

Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day parade

                                                Prospect Park, Brooklyn


Monday 18th March       

a.m.                                       Visit to IDA client company

p.m.                                       UN engagements

p.m.                                       Meeting with NYPD re. organised crime & criminal assets seizures

p.m.                                       Meeting with the NYPD Commissioner, James O’Neill

p.m.                                       United Nations Working Dinner


Tuesday 19th March

a.m.                                       Working Breakfast with key contacts, including legal and judicial contacts

a.m.                                       UN engagements

p.m.                                       Depart for Airport