US ex-pats get behind Hillary presidency bid
Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30
Hillary Clinton is yet to announce whether she will campaign to become the next US president, but a group of campaigners touched down in Dublin to drum up support for her potential bid.
It comes after the 'Ready for Hillary' group held similar events in London and Paris and is due to the "tremendous affection" for the wife of former president Bill Clinton, according to organiser Brian O'Dwyer.
He said: "We've done a series of events with American ex-patriots around the world. We've done ones in Paris and London, and we're now doing one in Ireland because of the tremendous affection from those who know about Hillary and her work in Ireland."
Ms Clinton has previously claimed she was "instrumental" in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Only US citizens and Green Card holders here are eligible to donate to the cause, but Mr O'Dwyer claimed the group had reached its donation target before the event even started. It took place last night on Raglan Road at the home of former US residents Linda O'Shea Farren and her husband, Brian.
The group is known as a Super Political Action Committee, which means it is not affiliated with Ms Clinton and cannot raise money directly for her campaign. But Mr O'Dwyer said the group has raised €6.5m so far and some 800,000 people have "signed a pledge" to give their support to the 66-year-old should she decide to run.