Today's top Irish news stories:

Irish woman Samantha Power to be named as U.S. Ambassador to UN by President Obama

Dublin-born Samantha Power will be named United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President Barack Obama.Power will be officially appointed to her new position on Wednesday, according to reports...READ MORE


Fake villages will greet President Obama and other G8 world leaders in Fermanagh

When the G8 world leaders fly into Northern Ireland for their major summit there on June 17, they will see a vista of progress that has been created to deceive them...READ MORE


Irish American woman in Chicago goes public after being raped, beaten and robbed in broad daylight - VIDEO

Twenty-two-year-old Alexandra Clarke has spoken out about her sexual assault in the hope that the men who attacked her in the middle of the day in Chicago will be captured and to raise awareness of violent crime...READ MORE


Anger as Toronto’s Irish famine park closed to visitors for three years

Irish in Toronto are upset that Ireland Park, Toronto’s famine memorial, has been closed since 2010 despite constant promises from the authorities to re-open it...READ MORE


Irish government gives 4,000 reasons Gabriel Byrne was wrong about The Gathering Ireland 2013

The Gathering Ireland 2013 was billed as the biggest ever tourism initiative, with $6.5 million in Irish Government investment, and an aim to generate an extra 325,000 visitors creating $222 million in revenue...READ MORE


Dublin native Samantha Power proudly presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.New York Times