Thursday 18 September, 2014
This week, he’s coming back in a capacity he could only have dreamed of all those years ago, writes Larry Donnelly.
Thursday 28 August, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
Irish-American voters are still a vibrant political entity and are important in the race for the White House, writes Larry Donnelly.