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Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

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..

The Tánaiste Goes to Washington

Simon Coveney, the Tánaiste (Ireland’s deputy prime minister) was in New York in February to support Ireland’s campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, the election for which will take place next year and in Washington, D.C. There he joined many of his E.U. counterparts and representatives of over 70 countries inRead more..

Ireland Considers Legislation to Restrict International Travel by Convicted Pedophiles

T.D.s and Senators have been urged to support a new bill – the Sex Offenses (Amendment) Bill 2018 – introduced in Dáil Éireann by Maureen O’Sullivan, T.D., which proposes to restrict the foreign travel of convicted pedophiles. If enacted, Ireland would be the first country in the E.U. to curtail overseas travel by convicted child sexRead 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..

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s First Official U.S. Visit

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar upheld the 65-year-old tradition of presenting the U.S. president with a bowl of shamrocks in March as part of his first state U.S. visit. His week-long trip included meetings with Vice President Mike Pence, Texas governor Greg Abbott, and New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio. Varadkar also attended an eventRead more..

Higgins Stumps for Peace and Women’s Rights in New York Visit

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina, visited New York in late April. The trip saw him address the United Nations General Assembly and meet with senior international officials, as well as pay visits to several of the city’s Irish cultural institutions, including the Irish Arts Center and Ireland Funds. During his U.N.Read more..

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 arguedRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Irish Taoiseach Meets with Trump in Oval Office

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with President Donald Trump on his first official state visit to the U.S. this week, presenting Trump with a bowl of Irish shamrocks, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 1950s. ℘℘℘ At the annual St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House this week, Irish Taoiseach Leo VaradkarRead more..

Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown is an icon among U.S. politicians. Known for his progressive ideals and dedication to the people and well-being of his state, he is the longest-serving governor in California history. First elected in 1974 and again in 1978 and 2010, in the 1970s, Brown enacted the first Agricultural Labor Relations Act inRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown – who has spent more time than anyone else in the California governor’s office – has been well served by his Irish Catholic roots. Brown’s great-grandfather, Joseph, came to    the U.S. from County Tipperary during Ireland’s Great Hunger, in 1849. In Massachusetts, he met his future wife, Bridget Burke, herself an Irish immigrantRead more..