Evening Top 5: Kenny suggests he won't step down until after Brexit deal; St. Patrick's celebrations kick off

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has suggested he will not consider stepping down as Taoiseach until a new government is formed in the North.

In New York this evening, he's insisted that a solution in Stormont, and the opening talks in Brexit, must be the first priorities.

He also suggested that he could not leave his post while formative Brexit discussions were taking place, and that he had to follow up issue raised in the Oval Office by President Donald Trump.

Mr Kenny added that he "will deal with his own parliamentary party", and that he had a number of immediate priorities on his desk when he arrives back in Ireland tomorrow morning.

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Dublin side Cuala won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship at Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day after a 2-19 to 1-10 win over Ballyea.

Cuala's Darragh O'Connell scored three points and was named man of the match as the Dubliners ran out winners by 12 points who also become the first club from the capital to win the Tommy Moore Cup.

Colm Cronin and Jake Malone scored the goals as the Dalkey side delivered on their tag as favourites.

Cuala led by 1-07 to 0-04 at the break as the Clare side struggled to keep with the pace.

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It's reported that least 42 people have died and an additional 80 others injured following an airstrike on a boat carrying Somali migrants, including women and children late Thursday evening.

It is believed that the boat was headed towards Sudan, and the UN Refugee agency has said that the dead Somalis were carrying official UNHCR documents.

Of the 80 people injured, 24 remain in critical condition in hospital, while the UNHCR condemned “this tragic incident, the latest in which civilians continue to disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict in Yemen”.

The port is currently controlled by Houthi rebels who are fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war, which has been ongoing for the last two years.

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Donald Trump has deflected questions about allegations GCHQ spied on him, saying he was just repeating somebody else's claims.

 In a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the US President was asked whether he regretted tweeting the claim that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Towers during the election.

In his reply, he made a reference to claims that Mrs Merkel had been the subject of surveillance by Mr Obama in 2010.

He said: "As far as wiretapping, this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps. We said nothing - all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn't make any opinion on it."

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St. Patrick's Day celebrations are taking place all across the country today as hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Dublin.

The theme for this year's festival in Dublin is 'Ireland You Are...' - looking to explore Ireland today and celebrate its "culturally diverse, complex and brave society."

Irish sailor and Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy (27), from Dublin was this year's Grand Marshall, and the parade involved 18 months of planning and 3,00 musicians, dancers, poets and performers.

 Speaking about the Festival, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, Susan Kirby said: "The Festival Parade is a true showcase of the artistic talent we have here in Ireland, talent that is showcased on a global stage today as the parade is streamed live internationally." 

Performers in the St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin city , Ireland this afternoon . Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie