Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity on top as Kennedy era fades for Irish Americans
- Senator Schumer says Irish deserve a separate deal for visas because of 1965 shutout - Says “Schumer visas” set to give Ireland 10,500 visas a year for the future
- Prospects for immigration reform bill are 50-50 say the pols privately - House seen as major obstacle as Senate gets closer to a vote
- Chilling testimony before congressional hearing on Pat Finucane death - New hearings told how informer was murdered before he could give evidence
- U.S. Tourism Ireland chief Joe Byrne says goodbye and hello again to massive acclaim - Popular Carlow native led tourist figures to Ireland to historic heights
- Cardinal Sean O’Malley reneged on Boston College commencement deal say Irish sources - Irish government said to be furious over statement condemning Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
Time was that Irish America was defined by the Kennedys and Tip O'Neill , the Berrigan brothers, Jimmy Breslin and other flaming liberals as the right would have it.
Now the big names are Mike Pence, Christine O'Donnell, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity. With the retirement of Senator Chris Dodd, the last East Coast liberal senator has left politics.
Ironically it was another Irish American, Ronald Reagan who brought about the transformation.
O'Reilly and the others, worship at the church of Reagan.
In another era it might have been John F.Kennedy who inspired them to get into the political and media business. Not any more
Congressman Mike Pence who spent a year working in Ireland, won a straw poll at the weekend from a Christian values group as their favorite for president.
He too is a true Reagan believer .
Meanwhile with the death of Ted Kennedy, the retirement of Dodd and the passing of the Tip O'Neill era, it is much harder to identify Irish American leaders on the center left.
Ronald Reagan and John F.Kennedy are the two poles of American politics these days.
All leaders since have been in their shadow and pay homage to their impact on them.
At the moment it seems clear that the Reagan legacy is in the ascendant. The Irish voices in the media are those of O'Reilly and Hannity
It shows how much times have changed. Irish American leaders in the media and politics now lean right.
It seems the Reagan legacy continues.
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