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We must not allow the US-Irish ties that bind weaken

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Senator George Mitchell and Trina Vargo.

Senator George Mitchell and Trina Vargo.

Senator George Mitchell and Trina Vargo.

WHEN I created the US-Ireland Alliance in 1998, it was with a very big underlying question – do we care about a modern and evolving relationship between the United States and the island of Ireland, or will the relationship be relegated to shamrocks, leprechauns and St Patrick's Day parades?

The George J Mitchell Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships in America, is under threat because, while everyone loves it, no one wants to pay for it. That should give pause.


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