Irish to lobby U.S. Congress to have St Patrick’s Day as national holiday
San Antonio, TX, local wants the U.S. to acknowledge the impact the Irish have had
“My next step is to go to local and national Irish organizations and ask for their support,” O’Halligan said.
“I would love to see this petition get on the Presidents desk in time for St. Patrick's Day. It could be the one bipartisan motion both sides of the isle could get behind.”
Previous attempts have been made to establish St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday in the United States. In 2008 Guinness launched a campaign aiming to bring one million signature to Congress.
At the time they carried out a poll which found that 57 percent of those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. are not of American descent.
What do you think? Should the Irish Catholic feast day be included among America’s national holidays? Or should the St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivities across the country be enough?
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