Shenanigans: The US-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times

Shenanigans: The US-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times

by Trina Vargo

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ISBN-13: 9780998749334
Publisher: Ithaka LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 451,859
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Trina Vargo has served as the adviser on Irish issues to every Democratic nominee for president from Dukakis through Obama. She is the creator and president of the US-Ireland Alliance and also created the George J. Mitchell Scholarship program.

Vargo served as a key behind-the-scenes player in the Northern Ireland peace process, including helping bring Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to the US in 1994. She also served as Senator Edward Kennedy's foreign policy adviser for more than a decade.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Vargo is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and McGill University in Montreal.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1: Irish America . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

What is Irish America? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

The Nonexistent Irish Vote . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

O’Bama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Tough Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

The US-Ireland Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

The American Ireland Fund—The First Order

of Business Is Always the Split . . . . . . . . . 20

Triage—What Ireland Can Do about Irish America . . 24

Chapter 2: The 2008 Presidential Campaign . . . . 29

The Clintons’ Enemies List . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

The Irish Government, Caught between

Barack and a Hard Place . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Bill Clinton, a No-Show in Belfast . . . . . . . . . . 48

Payback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

An Emerald That Wasn’t So Green . . . . . . . . . 60

Taxes and American Companies in Ireland . . . . . . 62

Chapter 3: Immigration Misinformation 67

Chapter 4: Bureaucrats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Pointless Reports and Conferences . . . . . . . . . 100

Certificates of Irishness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Farmleigh—Talk Shops

Universities

High School

“And I shall have some peace there”—the Aftermath of September 11

Chapter 5: In the Rough

Fintan Drury, the Ryder Cup, and the Long Grass

Chapter 6: The Begging Bowl

The International Fund for Ireland

Special Envoy

Chapter 7: Mediocrity & Begrudgery

The Irish Film Board—Lights, Camera, Inaction

Pinewood

Winter Is Coming

Van the Man, Not a Fan

The X Factor

Conclusion

A Word about the Mitchell Scholarship Program

Ireland, Toward a More Equal Relationship

Northern Ireland Has to Give as Well as Take

The US Government’s Neglect of Europe Has Proved Unwise

American Companies in Ireland Should Contribute to the Relationship

Philanthropists

Postscript

Acknowledgments

About the Author

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