George Mitchell: A Keystone of the Good Friday Agreement

To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement on April 10, 1998, we are look back on Deaglán de Bréadún’s profile on former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who played a crucial role in the ultimate success of the peace talks. ℘℘℘ COMETH the hour, cometh the man. Philosophers have argued for a long time over the importance of the individual in history. Some...

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Joe Kennedy III:
Why the Dream Will Never Die

Congressman Joe Kennedy is carrying on his family’s legacy in politics and making a name for himself as a champion of the underdog. On Tuesday, January 30, he will deliver the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union. Could he be a future President himself?  ℘℘℘ Congressman Joseph Patrick Kennedy III wears his illustrious family tradition lightly. When you are the...

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New Irish Prime Minister Willing to Work with Trump

Leo Varadkar made history in June when he was elected taoiseach, becoming the first openly gay prime minister of Ireland as well as the first prime minister of Indian heritage and the youngest ever elected. Varadkar, a member of Fine Gael and a fiscal conservative, seeks to become another centrist face of the European Union, à la French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, a friend to corporate...

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Brian Burns Named New Irish Ambassador

Philanthropist, businessman, and Irish America Hall of Fame member Brian Burns was officially announced as President Donald Trump’s appointment for ambassador to Ireland in January. He was tapped for the position in November, well before Trump’s inauguration on January 17 and must still undergo a lengthy approval process. Eighty-year-old Massachusetts-native Burns is the chairman of BF...

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Northern Ireland Undergoes Historic Election Shift

For the first time in history of Northern Ireland there will be a nationalist majority in the national assembly at Stormont. A short 10 months after the previous Northern Ireland Assembly election, the citizens went to the polls again in March. Sinn Féin, the second-largest party in the North had triggered the election in protest over a scandal involving Arlene Foster, the leader of the...

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