John Owen Brennan’s 29-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency was spectacular. He was director of the agency from March 2013 to January 2017 and prior to that, his career included stints as intelligence briefer for President Bill Clinton, top deputy to CIA director George Tenet, director of the National Counterterrorism Center during George W. Bush’s presidency, andRead more..
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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..
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..
Amidst Brexit negotiations and rising uncertainty about the bi-lateral relationship between Ireland and the U.K. across the Atlantic, the New York consuls general of the two countries met for the first time at a formal reception hosted by Mutual of America in Manhattan with hopes of fostering cultural goodwill between the countries’ emigrant populations inRead more..
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..
In October, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney announced the opening of six new Irish diplomatic missions as part of the government’s 2018 budget package. New embassies in Chile, Colombia, Jordan, and New Zealand will assist in promoting trade and investment. A new consulate in Vancouver, British Columbia, will benefit the Irish diasporaRead more..
The Irish Passport Service was recognized for its outstanding achievement with the World Class Civil Service award at the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards at Dublin Castle in November. The award was made in respect of the Online Passport Renewal Project, which saw launch of the online passport application system in March. The service means thatRead more..
The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) celebrated the 2015 “Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Awards” in June, naming Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson as one of the country’s most influential leaders in public service. Anderson, who received the Public Sector Leaders Award, was recognized for her impact in public service in the UnitedRead more..
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner spent the Fourth of July in Ireland last weekend. After a week of diplomatic talks with European allies like Lithuania, Finland, and Poland, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner finished up his trip in Ireland for the Independence Day, or Irish America Day as it’s known inRead more..
Minister for Justice Michael McDowell alleged that journalist Frank Connolly traveled on a bogus passport to visit Colombian FARC rebels four years ago. Referring to garda (Irish police) intelligence, the minister spoke under Dáil (parliamentary) privilege, thereby making his assertion without fear of being sued by Connolly. The journalist, whose brother Niall was one ofRead more..