The re-election of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is a hugely important development for the Irish American community.
More than any other elected politician in New York, Quinn has reached out to the Irish American community and made a powerful difference on issues of great concern to that community.
The fact of her Irish heritage is important, though it must be stated many politicians of similar lineage often did little in comparison for their community.
Whether it is the funding from the city for the new building to be occupied by the Irish Arts Center, or becoming involved in the search for permanent peace in Northern Ireland, Quinn has become the greatest advocate of Irish issues since Paul O’Dwyer was City Council president from 1974 to 1977.
Quinn resembles O’Dwyer in several ways, a massive compliment because Mayo-born O’Dwyer was a fierce advocate for Irish issues, especially when it came to Northern Ireland.
Quinn has made several trips to Belfast and Dublin and has made herself known to all the powers that be over there in order to ensure that the New York Irish voice is heard from.
In other words she has done far more than just talk the talk. She has become deeply involved in many different ways in learning about the issues of most concern to the Irish community. This is no lip service politician.
She also played a leading role in the local Irish arts scene, most recently when she hosted no fewer than 90 Irish performers at City Hall during the Irish cultural invasion which took place earlier this month.
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