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Sunday 29 March, 2015

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

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

Mar 29th 2015, 10:00 PM 317 Views 120 Comments

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
# Marriage Equality
# Marriage Equality

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

Feb 28th 2015, 7:30 PM 300 Views 196 Comments

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)
# Parenting
# Parenting

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

Jan 18th 2015, 8:45 AM 950 Views 35 Comments

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
# Transatlantic
# Transatlantic

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

Dec 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 50 Views 13 Comments

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
# Immigration Reform
# Immigration Reform

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

Nov 21st 2014, 12:00 PM 68 Views 35 Comments

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
# USA

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

Oct 20th 2014, 10:30 PM 52 Views 28 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Sep 18th 2014, 8:00 AM 49 Views 5 Comments

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
# Conflict
# Conflict

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

Aug 28th 2014, 1:15 PM 31 Views 56 Comments

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
# Transatlantic
# Transatlantic

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

Jul 28th 2014, 7:30 AM 4,093 Views 91 Comments

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
# Emigration
# Emigration

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

Jun 19th 2014, 7:30 PM 87 Views 62 Comments

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
# Door To Door
# Door To Door

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

May 22nd 2014, 7:35 AM 48 Views 15 Comments

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
# Boston Strong
# Boston Strong

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

Apr 15th 2014, 8:00 AM 39 Views 27 Comments

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
# St Patrick's Day
# St Patrick's Day

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

Mar 15th 2014, 7:00 PM 28 Views 15 Comments

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
# Ready To Rumble
# Ready To Rumble

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

Feb 17th 2014, 7:30 PM 27 Views 56 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jan 9th 2014, 1:00 PM 39 Views 15 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Transatlantic Reflections on the Political Year 2013

Dec 30th 2013, 7:30 PM 8 Views 10 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Nov 28th 2013, 7:00 AM 49 Views 36 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 21st 2013, 7:15 AM 34 Views 41 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Oct 6th 2013, 6:46 PM 56 Views 48 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Sep 6th 2013, 1:00 PM 828 Views 48 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Aug 14th 2013, 7:00 AM 377 Views 35 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jul 30th 2013, 7:30 PM 127 Views 82 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jul 14th 2013, 1:30 PM 24 Views 66 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jun 19th 2013, 7:30 PM 88 Views 40 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Are political families healthy for democracy?

May 12th 2013, 8:15 AM 78 Views 35 Comments

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
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Apr 21st 2013, 8:15 AM 224 Views 7 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 14th 2013, 7:30 PM 204 Views 88 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Mar 21st 2013, 7:00 PM 71 Views 107 Comments

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
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Mar 17th 2013, 7:30 PM 2,398 Views 100 Comments

‘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
# Civil Servants
# Civil Servants

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

Mar 10th 2013, 8:15 AM 152 Views 99 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Feb 3rd 2013, 7:30 PM 848 Views 54 Comments

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
# Barack Obama
# Barack Obama

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

Jan 21st 2013, 9:30 AM 12 Views 18 Comments

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
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Dec 23rd 2012, 7:30 PM 203 Views 18 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Nov 29th 2012, 7:30 PM 189 Views 46 Comments

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’
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Nov 5th 2012, 7:30 PM 399 Views 32 Comments

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