No protests at Taoiseach-led St Patrick’s Day parade

No protests at Taoiseach-led St Patrick’s Day parade

The St Patrick’s Day parade in Atlanta has passed off without incident last night, despite calls for protests at the presence of Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Thousands of people turned out despite local media in Atlanta saying that they had received significant numbers of messages from people calling for protests or boycotts.

Online comments expressed opposition to Mr Kenny's policy on water charges, as well as allegedly racist comments attributed to him in 2002.

But there was no sign of any protests as one of America’s oldest Patrick’s Day parades crawled through the streets with the Taoiseach acting as grand marshal.

The Taoiseach will speak later at technology conference South by Southwest in Texas.

He will participate in the Start-up Village event, and is expected to discuss Ireland's economic growth and its reputation as an innovation hub for start-ups and larger technology firms.

Several Irish bands and start ups, including NewsWhip, Gigstarter and Pulsate will be in attendance.

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