Monday 23 January 2017

Plastic Paddies

Published 29/10/2005 | 00:11

This week a Chicago politician changed his name to O'Brien in a bid to win the Irish vote. Ian O'Doherty reports on the Celtic wannabes

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The Windy City is renowned for the hot air blown by its politicians but this week even it has been rocked by the news that one of its most prominent lawyers secretly changed his name to Patrick O'Brien in an effort to win the Irish vote in an upcoming election.

Fred Rhine declared that only those with an Irish name - as opposed to the German origins of his nomenclature - could hope to win a seat on the judiciary in Chicago.

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