Saturday 21 April 2018

Stephen Rae: What power brokers really do in the US on St Patrick's Day

Politics were set aside for a celebration of our relationship with the US, writes Stephen Rae in Washington

At the American Ireland Fund Arts and Humanities Award were John Fitzpatrick, Chairman of The American Ireland Fund, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Stacy Fuson and Kieran McLoughlin, President and CEO of the Worldwide Funds
At the American Ireland Fund Arts and Humanities Award were John Fitzpatrick, Chairman of The American Ireland Fund, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Stacy Fuson and Kieran McLoughlin, President and CEO of the Worldwide Funds
Michael Flatley, recipient of The American Ireland Fund Arts & Humanities Award

Stephen Rae

The Taoiseach may have had to cut short the traditional St Patrick's visit to the United States but that didn't lessen the impact the Irish had here last week.

The uncertainty at home barely got a mention and the only election people were talking about was the likely contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in November.

To American eyes, the Irish had come united, with any differences between political parties - North and South - invisible to the casual observer.

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