Boston Irish For Hillary
ANOTHER major fundraiser for Senator Hillary Clinton by leading Irish Americans will take place in Boston on September 7. It will be the latest in a series of fundraising events that Irish communities across the U.S. have been holding for the Democratic presidential frontrunner.
"The enthusiasm for Hillary is far greater among the Irish here than it ever was for John Kerry," stated one Boston insider who is connected to the fundraiser. "This is a very big event."
Over $250,000 was raised for Clinton in New York at an Irish American fundraiser hosted by actor Gabriel Byrne in April, and the Boston one may well come close to matching that total.
Among those who are chairing the Boston event are Congressman Richie Neal, head of the Friends of Ireland group in Congress, Congressman James McGovern and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, an all-star lineup for sure.
New Yorker Declan Kelly, CEO of Financial Dynamics, is once again a leading contributor, as he has been for all of the Irish fundraising for the senator. Stella O'Leary, who heads up Irish American Democrats, is also active in the event, as well as a number of leading Boston Irish business people.
The event will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel and will cost $2,300 a ticket. So far Irish groups have got together in New York, San Francisco and Baltimore, and events are planned in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and some other cities.
It will not be surprising if at the end of it, over $1 million is raised for the Clinton coffers.
It is certainly a nice return for the Democratic presidential contender, whose work on Northern Ireland has really paid off in terms of securing long term Irish American support.
Bill Set for North?
MEANWHILE, Hillary's spouse, former President Bill Clinton, may well spend time in Ireland in the coming months.
Apparently the ex-president is anxious to see how the new power sharing government is panning out. That is not surprising really, given how much of the credit must go to the Clinton administration, especially in the early stages of the peace process.
Clinton keeps in close touch with the North and has frequently spoken to the principals, including Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.
With Northern Ireland urgently seeking economic investment from the U.S., Clinton seems a natural to go there and give advice to the parties concerned. Certainly he can be assured of a warm welcome, even from Unionists who were so suspicious of his involvement in the peace process from the start.
To Catch a Spy
THE naming of an alleged high up Sinn Fein spy has become a sport in much of the online media over the past few days.
Reports have been circulating for some time of a high up spy in Sinn Fein ranks, but the story gained momentum when David Simpson, a Democratic Unionist member of Parliament said he would name the man under privilege in the House of Commons.
That began an entire cottage industry of speculation about who the high up person was. Of course the previous top spy, Denis Donaldson, was exposed in similar fashion and was later shot, almost certainly by IRA dissidents.