While in Washington I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the Acting Chief of Staff at the White House, Mick Mulvaney the issues of the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States. We also discussed Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement. Mick, who I know since he was a Congressman, said of the issue
“We just want to make sure that the Good Friday Agreement is respected and that peace accords are kept,”.
Discussing the Peace Process with Congressman Neal
I have a meeting with Congressman Richie Neal Chairman of the Friends of Ireland and the powerful Chair of the Committee on Way and Means which oversees trade Agreement made by the US. He has said and repeated it to me that there would be no UK – US Trade Agreement if the UK did not keep the border open on our island and respect the Good Friday Agreement. The Congressman ancestors are from West Kerry he donated the replica of the Proclamation I gave him to the Irish Centre in his home town of Springfield, Massachusetts, where many Kerry People settled to make new lives in their adopted homeland
Installation of Replica of the 1916 Proclamation in the Washington Monument
The US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, spoke at the event to mark the Installation of the replica of the 1916 Proclamation plaque which was give by the President of Ireland to the people of the United States
Alaska was the last place to be given permission to install a plaque when it became a state in 1949 . It serves as a reminder of the special bond between the people of Ireland and the USA.
Congratulations to Kenmare Tidy Towns
A massive congratulations to Kenmare Tidy Towns on another hugely successful result in the Super Valu National Tidy Towns Awards. The winning of another Gold Medal is a fantastic achievement. The hard work and sacrifices by all the volunteers are appreciated by everyone in the Community. A big thank you for the great example you show, your hard work, commitment and passion toward this community is undeniable. Tidy Towns is all about being at the Heart of the Community so well done to all involved.
Rowing Ireland Underfunding Discussed at Sport Committee
Our Olympic Rowers were at the Oireachtas Sports Committee this month, they are our Number 1 group of athletes for the 2020 Olympic and are vastly underfunded preventing them achieving their full potential. On the 16th of October I will be questioning Sports Ireland at the Oireachtas Sports Committee as to why they are not giving more support to our Athletes. Their are rowers from our area who have represented Ireland with pride and we need to ensure they have the resources they need.
10th Anniversary Celebration The Chair of Kenmare Community Care John Daly thanked all those who helped make Taoibh Linn a reality on the 10th anniversary of the Senior Citizens centre and housing units. Great to see committee members past and present along with John O’Sullivan and Frances O’Sullivan who organize so much for our senior Citzens in the area