A staggering blow for Ireland
With his passing, Ireland and Irish America has lost its most important advocate
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They were the Four Horsemen, the most powerful Irish lobby in American political history. They were Senator Edward Kennedy, House Speaker ‘Tip’ O’Neill Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and New York governor Hugh Carey.
Back in the 1980s they practically ran America, and were a lobby group for Irish issues that the Irish government depended on heavily.
It helped that another Irishman Ronald Reagan, also partial to the old sod was in the White House. It got so cozy that a famous cartoon of the period shows Tip O’Neill and Reagan as two old Irish fishwives haggling over costs
O’Neill, Reagan and Moynihan are long gone, Carey is well retired and now Ted Kennedy, the lead horseman, has also faded into the shade.
With his passing, Ireland and Irish America has lost its most important advocate. For decades Ted Kennedy’s door had a welcome mat outside for any Irish politician large or small who wanted to visit Capitol Hill and speak with the most important man in the senate.
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