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Posts Tagged ‘Gerry Adams’

New Files Reveal Secret British Battle to Defeat Irish America

Documents reveal the British thinking in relation to the IRA ceasefire, the Adams visa, the MacBride Principles, and appointment of Mitchell as special envoy. By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher Newly released files in Northern Ireland show the underground war the British waged to stop the Gerry Adams U.S. visa in 1994 and prevent a special U.S.Read more..

The First Word:
At Home in America

It’s Christmas Eve and the Brew and Burger on 47th Street where I work is crowded with last-minute shoppers and tired children brought in from the boroughs and New Jersey to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, by irritated parents and young nannies with short skirts who look at their watches anxiously. I’m 21 yearsRead more..

Why Biden Should Appoint a
U.S. Envoy to Northern Ireland

By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher Irish America and President Joe Biden urgently need to reach out to unionism and loyalism in Northern Ireland to help bring political stability and repeat the success of the Clinton/Irish-America axis from the early 1990s. In the throes of the Brexit crisis, Biden is the one outside player who could makeRead more..

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..

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,” 1981By IRA volunteer Bobby Sands, M.P.H-Block, Long Kesh Prison Camp Watching Bobby Sands die in 1981, much of the world realized, finally, that the young IRA soldierRead more..

Twenty Years Later:
Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement

Signed on April 10, 1998, the landmark Good Friday Agreement helped to bring to an end the 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. Twenty years on, Deaglán de Bréadún looks at how the agreement came about, the American role, and the current state of play. ℘℘℘ In the earlyRead more..

Gerry Adams Announces Retirement

Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin and one of the most formidable figures in Irish nationalist politics for nearly 50 years, announced at the Sinn Féin party conference in November that he plans to retire in 2018, ceding control of the party he has led for 34 years, and making way for a new generationRead more..

Remembering Martin McGuinness: 1950 – 2017

Martin McGuinness, who was a military commander in the Irish Republican Army and later became an instrumental figure in the peace process and Sinn Féin politician, serving as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, has died. ℘℘℘ Martin McGuinness (66) died early Tuesday morning, March 21, at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital. He is survived by hisRead more..

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 protestRead more..

Gerry Adams: A Period of Change

In 1991, Irish America magazine published one of the first interviews with Gerry Adams. (As far as we can tell, Playboy was the only other American magazine to interview Adams before that.) In March, of that year, as the 75th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising loomed and violence continued on both sides in Northern Ireland, PatriciaRead more..