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Monday 20 February, 2017

The parallels between Irish and American controversies, in a wild week for politics

Those who say they know what lies ahead – in either country – are either clairvoyant or just plain wrong, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 24 January, 2017

America First: 'If President Trump stays “on message,” he may just unite, not further divide, the US'

In electing Donald Trump, the people of the US have, at least in part, signalled to the world that they want to recalibrate their relationship with it, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 15 January, 2017

'Listening to Trump voters, I am surprised, disappointed, bewildered, fascinated and enlightened'

In overlooking certain perspectives, the media is committing its gravest error in this undeniably frightening time of political upheaval, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 27 December, 2016

'After Trump and Brexit, the centre ground of Irish politics shouldn't take their position for granted in 2017'

Uncertainty currently reigns in the two countries I call home. Here’s what to expect in the US and in Ireland in 2017, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 7 December, 2016

'A sense of perspective about what Trump's presidency may be like is badly needed'

“Trump Derangement Syndrome” is affecting many otherwise reasonable, thoughtful people at the moment, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 12 November, 2016

"I - and most pundits - got it wrong about Trump v Clinton"

Now that the first shock has abated, TheJournal.ie columnist Larry Donnelly ponders on a world post-Trump victory.

Tuesday 8 November, 2016

This is what a Trump presidency could look like

No matter what happens today, God save the United States, writes Bostonian Larry Donnelly with a sad heart.

Saturday 5 November, 2016

Opinion: 'I all but guaranteed a win for Hillary but then we had a political earthquake...'

At this extremely late stage, there are a lot of unknowns, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Opinion: 'Donald Trump had a chance and he blew it'

I suspect everyone else will breathe a sigh of relief that this whole sorry affair is nearing its denouement, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 10 October, 2016

Trump lives to fight another day but he needs an awful lot of luck to become the next POTUS

Neither candidate is the person to lead America out of crisis, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 27 September, 2016

Hillary won because Trump was either not prepared or he grew tired and bored

The race for the White House remains Hillary Clinton’s to lose, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 8 September, 2016

The US Electoral College: An Explanation and a Defence

Those outside the US tend to regard the Electoral College with a mixture of profound suspicion and incomprehension. In truth, it is easier to demystify than, for instance, the myriad nuances of Irish parliamentary elections, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 23 July, 2016

'Pundits are terrified of being proven wrong by Donald Trump again. I'm not'

Larry Donnelly says he would bet a lot of money on Hillary Clinton being the next US president.

Friday 8 July, 2016

The violence won't end until we stop believing it's cops vs black people

In the wake of the Dallas shootings, Larry Donnelly argues that there needs to be a fundamental shift around the Black Lives Matter debate.

Friday 10 June, 2016

Can Hillary Clinton smash the biggest glass ceiling in November?

Larry Donnelly says it is “shameful” that Sanders has not already conceded gracefully.

Wednesday 18 May, 2016

President Trump? Here's how it could happen

He’s been written off thus far, but he’s still around and could become President.

Wednesday 20 April, 2016

The farcical delay in forming a government has eroded my faith in politics

The fallout from the 2016 general election has been largely incomprehensible to most citizens, and even to many devoted political watchers.

Wednesday 16 March, 2016

‘It’s definitely Hillary, and Donald just took a big step forward’

It was another good Tuesday for Donald Trump, with him walloping Florida Senator Marco Rubio in his home state, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 2 March, 2016

As the Super Tuesday dust settles, what happens next?

Republican and Democratic voters went to the polls today in what is known as Super Tuesday.

Sunday 13 December, 2015

Here’s a glimpse of what Donald Trump’s America will look like

Pondering what Donald Trump’s presidency might be like is scary, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 8 November, 2015

Things are about to get nasty in the Republican presidential race

Whoever wins the race, they will most certainly be up against Hilary Clinton, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 4 October, 2015

Is it time America had a woman president?

Here in Ireland, the question repeatedly posed to me by family, friends and colleagues is: “Will it be Hillary?” writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 8 September, 2015

Getting used to all that freedom, and other advice for new college students…

Students have far more freedom and it’s a significant transition from leaving cert studies, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 31 July, 2015

Donald Trump taps into the fear and anger of ordinary Americans – and that makes him powerful

The emerging sentiments that the billionaire’s candidacy appeals to won’t be willed away easily.

Saturday 11 July, 2015

From Boston to Blanchardstown, how we speak is a part of our identity. Let’s be proud of it.

The world-renowned Boston accent is in decline. Similarly, people from sections of cities or rural Ireland often moderate the way they speak. But why?

Saturday 23 May, 2015

What an extraordinary, historic and momentous day for Ireland

Ireland’s decision to become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage via a popular referendum shows just how much it has changed in recent years.

Monday 4 May, 2015

What lies ahead in the closing weeks of the marriage referendum campaign?

With the result still far from guaranteed, where are campaigners likely to focus their energies in the final days?

Sunday 29 March, 2015

I regularly vote in US elections from abroad. Why can’t Irish emigrants do the same?

No matter where in the world I am, I will always be an American. As such, I am grateful that my right to vote there is legally enshrined.

Saturday 28 February, 2015

As a practising Catholic, I didn’t always support same sex marriage – but I do now

Two things happened that changed my mind…

Sunday 18 January, 2015

Reflections on two years of fatherhood: I never thought I could love so much (or be so tired)

I used to think that male friends who openly expressed their love for their young children were going soft, I now find myself feeling the same way.

Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Race, immigration, and water water everywhere – the year in Irish and American politics

It was a year of unrest and protest on both sides of the Atlantic, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 21 November, 2014

Opinion: At last, a lifeline for the undocumented Irish in the US

President Obama’s action is the first ray of light in a long time for undocumented Irish men and women effectively trapped in the shadows of places like Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Monday 20 October, 2014

Opinion: US midterm elections – why they’re important to America and the world USA

Opinion: US midterm elections – why they’re important to America and the world

The midterms are equally worthy of your attention as the US presidential elections.

Thursday 18 September, 2014

Column: Boston Mayor’s ‘homecoming’ is mutually beneficial for both sides of the Atlantic

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

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.

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