Posts Tagged ‘Brexit’

Irish Power, U.S. Politics

U.S. Rep. Richie Neal Talks to Niall O’Dowd

Richie Neal’s extraordinary journey from a working-class neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., and one of the most powerful jobs in American politics as the chairman of the Ways & Means Committee. ℘℘℘ On November 7, 1960, Mary Garvey Neal, who had roots in Ventry, County Kerry, took her son to the Springfield, Massachusetts,Read more..

U.K. and Ireland Agree Common Travel Area

The governments of Britain and Ireland have agreed on a deal to preserve the Common Travel Area (CTA) shared by the two countries after Brexit. The Memorandum of Understanding guarantees the continuation of reciprocal rights enjoyed by British and Irish citizens under the CTA, which dates back to 1922. Those rights include the free movementRead more..

Wild Irish Women:

A Most Sorrowful Mystery

Oh! star of Erin, queen of tears, Black clouds have beset thy birth, And your people die like morning stars, That your light may grace the earth. – “Stars of Freedom,” 1981 By IRA volunteer Bobby Sands, M.P. H-Block, Long Kesh Prison Camp ℘℘℘ Watching Bobby Sands die in 1981, much of the world realized,Read more..

Hall of Fame:
Lawyer, Public Servant, and Peacemaker John C. Dearie

John Dearie may not remember the specific year, but he remembers a very small, very important detail about one New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade in the late 1980s. “I remember seeing all of these people march ing by, county after county. It had to be tens of thousands of men and women marchingRead more..

Americans Prepare for Brexit

The troubles of Brexit do not stop at the E.U. border. The American Brexit Committee convened in New York City on January 24 to assess how Great Britain’s exit from the European Union will affect Ireland and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The meeting included members and representatives from major Irish-American organizations, including theRead more..

Brexit Uncertainty Makes Ireland More Attractive

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has relocated its main EU banking arm from London to Dublin, months ahead of the earliest possible date of the UK’s exit from the EU. They are one of the first banks to take such steps to deal with the uncertainty looming over Brexit. The bank merged the London location,Read more..

Irish Favor Birthright Citizenship

As other western countries are endorsing populist agendas on tightening immigration policy, Ireland is voicing its opposition to such restrictions, overwhelmingly in favor of reinstating birthright citizenship. A Sunday Times poll found that 71 percent favored birthright citizenship, while 19 percent were opposed and 10 percent undecided. Three days later, a proposal on the matterRead more..

The Irish Budget Includes Measures for Brexit and
Mental Health

In his second budget as Minister of Finance Pascal Donohue in the Dail on October 9, spending plans totaling €66.5bn for the coming year. €59.3bn of that will be on current expenditure and €7.3bn on Capital spending. He opened his speech by calling Brexit the “economic and diplomatic challenge of our generation.” He said thatRead more..

Margaret Corrigan Retires

The Irish Consulate in New York hosted a reception on Wednesday, September 26, on the occasion of the visit to New York for UN Week by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, T.D., and Minister Ciarán Cannon, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with special responsibility forRead more..

Irish Government Launches Brexit Website

The Tánaiste and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a new website in February that seeks to keep interested citizens informed of the government’s Brexit negotiations and what the departure of the U.K. will mean for the Republic of Ireland going forward. “This website provides a resource to learn about the work the government is undertakingRead more..