Wednesday 22 November 2017

Boston's new Irish mayor recalls heritage

Joanna Kiernan

Joanna Kiernan

Boston's new mayor has paid tribute to his Irish heritage in his inaugural speech.

The US city elected Martin J Walsh (46), the son of Irish immigrants from Galway, as the city's 48th mayor.

Mr Walsh was inaugurated at a ceremony in Boston College in front of 8,000 people, including family and friends who travelled from Ireland.

The new Boston mayor vowed to see in a new era of progress and collaboration at City Hall and praised the city for its history of standing up against slavery, opening its doors to immigrants like his own parents and leading the American nation in recognising same-sex marriage.

"Today, we are sworn in together," Mr Walsh said. "Together, we are committing to do all we can for the city we love. Together, we can move our great city forward."

Mr Walsh is Boston's first Irish mayor in 20 years.

Irish Independent

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