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Thursday 28 August, 2014

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war

The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.

Monday 28 July, 2014

Larry Donnelly: 10 things I still just don’t get about Ireland

I love this country as much as where I was born, but there are some things I just can’t my head around.

Thursday 19 June, 2014

Opinion: The undocumented Irish in the US need and deserve our help

About 50,000 Irish citizens currently live in the US without legal status – we can’t just turn our backs on them.

Thursday 22 May, 2014

Larry Donnelly: Do political candidates really enjoy canvassing? I’ll never fully believe that

Recent canvassing has reminded me of my own first foray as a political candidate: I was 22 years old, nomination papers in hand, knees knocking together.

Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Column: One year on, we remember the lives lost and forever altered by the Boston bombings

It is unfortunate that, sometimes, it takes a tragedy of this magnitude to vitiate differences and to remind us of our common humanity, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 15 March, 2014

Column: In Irish America, there’s far more to the celebration of St Patrick’s Day than parades

Boston native Larry Donnelly takes a look at the most prominent elements of 2014’s weekend-long celebrations in America’s most Irish city, and how they compare with what’s happening here.

Monday 17 February, 2014

Column: Don’t turn up your nose at ‘celebrity candidates’ like Kenny Egan

In Ireland ‘celebrity’ candidates are typically drawn from the sporting world – while in the US they’re often actors. Either way, don’t underestimate the potent blend of skills, experience and dynamism they bring to politics, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 9 January, 2014

Column: Boston and NYC – a tale of two new mayors

Both New York and Boston have elected new mayors to replace long-term incumbents. Larry Donnelly takes a look at what we should expect to see from Bill de Blasio and Martin Walsh.

Monday 30 December, 2013

Larry Donnelly: Transatlantic Reflections on the Political Year 2013

Obamacare, government shutdown and the Smithwick Tribunal; 2013 was a year of political intrigue both in Ireland and the US, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 28 November, 2013

Column: Thanksgiving is the only time of year I really miss America

There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be than Ireland… most of the time. But this is the one day of the year that I would give almost anything to be back in my home neighbourhood of East Milton, Boston, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 21 October, 2013

Column: Debt ceiling, government shutdown: what is the future of American democracy?

The world breathed a collective sigh of relief when an eleventh hour deal ended the US government shutdown – but it only fully funds the government until January, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 6 October, 2013

Column: The Seanad ‘No’ vote was the first step towards political reform

Some cynics claim that the government will do nothing about the Seanad now, but they are ignoring the reality that 93 per cent of the people oppose the status quo, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 6 September, 2013

Column: The Kennedys – the closest thing the Irish-American diaspora has to a royal family

The Kennedys have divided opinion in both Ireland and the US for six decades – and continue to fascinate us. Larry Donnelly examines Irish and Irish American perspectives on this remarkable family.

Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Column: I saw the pain and terror ‘Whitey’ Bulger created – he was no Robin Hood

Growing up just a few miles down the road from the Boston neighbourhood where gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger reigned, I saw through the lies that he protected residents from drugs and violence, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Column: Trayvon Martin’s tragic death shows that race still divides America

It makes me feel guilty when we talk about race, and I suspect that’s how most white Americans feel, writes Larry Donnelly, who says there is still a way to go yet before racism no longer has a stronghold in America.

Sunday 14 July, 2013

Column: As an American, I’m still not entirely sure about Edward Snowden

Is Edward Snowden a heroic whistleblower or a far less noble character? I think we’re still waiting for that question to be answered, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it’s offensive to democratic ideals

I have a lot of time for the Taoiseach, but his leadership has been autocratic and even authoritarian in a representative democracy and I find this unsettling, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 12 May, 2013

Column: Are political families healthy for democracy?

Name recognition surely benefits politically candidacy both here and abroad, but it shouldn’t just be the Kennys, McEntees or the Clintons that are getting involved in the politics of shaping nations – we all should be, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 21 April, 2013

Column: I’ll never forget the moment I heard the news of the explosions in my hometown

Boston native, Larry Donnelly reflects on the the horrific events that happened at the Boston Marathon this week, saying he’s been heartened by the expressions of solidarity from countless Irish people who have such a special affinity with the most Irish city in the US.

Sunday 14 April, 2013

Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise’s Irish roots… where’s the harm in that?

Those who are cynical or opposed to the efforts of The Gathering should ask themselves why, says Larry Donnelly who questions what ignites such hostility to seemingly harmless endeavours like that of certificates of Irishness.

Thursday 21 March, 2013

Column: Despite the Newtown massacre, America’s sickening gun culture lives on

After Newtown, Larry Donnelly was optimistic that the US might work towards stricter gun laws – but news that a ban on assault weapons has been removed from the legislation currently being considered has caused him to lose hope.

Sunday 17 March, 2013

Column: 10 ways my American English is fighting Hiberno English for survival

‘Craic’, ‘hoover’, ‘press’ – just some unique words Irish people have made their own. But if you are not a native to Ireland do these words make any sense and would you use them? Larry Donnelly compares his American English to Hiberno English in a word-off.

Sunday 10 March, 2013

Column: In comparison to public sector workers in the US, Irish frontline workers are poorly paid

New recruits to frontline services in Boston can be paid three times more than what the Irish government has sought to establish as the new starting salary for public service workers. Larry Donnelly discusses the reasons for the disparity in salaries.

Sunday 3 February, 2013

Column: Why are Ireland’s first lady and family so invisible?

In comparison to the US, first spouses and first families are well outside the political fray here in Ireland – but why so, asks Larry Donnelly.

Monday 21 January, 2013

Column: For Obama, this inauguration will be very different than the first

In January 2009, nearly two million people flocked to see the first African-American be sworn in as president – but, four years on, some promises have yet to be fulfilled. This term will present even more challenges, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 23 December, 2012

Column: Christmas is different here in Ireland… but I love it

Larry Donnelly spent his life celebrating Christmas in the US. After marrying in Ireland, he’s encountered a different set of traditions.

Thursday 29 November, 2012

Column: Toeing the party line on issues of conscience isn’t right

Ireland’s rigid party whip system erodes true democracy – and this is never so evident as on the issue of abortion, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 5 November, 2012

Column: ‘The Irish-American vote may well decide the outcome of this election’

Irish-American voters are still a vibrant political entity and are important in the race for the White House, writes Larry Donnelly.