TheGuardian: The Resistance Now: Drawing Strength From the Pluck of the Irish
Irish activists plan to move St Patrick’s Day beyond drink and craic by holding a pro-immigrant “Irish Stand” rally in New York City later Friday…Irish senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and a diverse group of activists, musicians and writers plan to “remind” the Trump administration “that the international community rejects the politics of division and fear”.
TheGuardian: “Irish-American Politicians Working with Trump Urged to Remember Their History”
Irish Stand, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and celebrities including Rosie O’Donnell and Martina Navratilova, aims to “remind” the Trump administration “that the international community rejects the politics of division and fear”.
IrishCentral : “2,500 Irish Stand in Manhattan to Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban”
Last night’s Irish Stand, a protest planned by a group of high profile Irish and U.S. based activists and artists, drew a capacity crowd to the historic 2,500 seat Riverside Church in Manhattan where speaker after speaker raised their voices in full throated defense of diversity and human rights and in strong opposition to what they called Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants.
Huffington Post: “Irish And American Progressives Are Organizing A St. Patrick’s Day Rally Against Trump In New York”
“Irish Stand” is also intended to signal that the Irish-Americans collaborating with Trump are out of touch with the national history of Irish people as immigrants fleeing persecution, Ó Ríordáin said. There are currently an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants living in the United States as well, he noted.
New York Times: St. Patrick’s Day Events Highlight an Irish Divide Over Trump
The dueling events highlight a political divide in Irish America, which includes more than 33 million people, and between Irish America and Ireland itself, an increasingly liberal country of about five million people. Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular there, but Irish-American leaders said he might have drawn just under half of the Irish-American vote, part of a decades-long drift to the right by a once solidly Democratic bloc.
NPR WNYC: The Brian Lehrer Show, “Taking an ‘Irish Stand'”
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Irish senator in the Labour party and former Minister of State for Communities, Culture and Equality, contends that Irish-Americans who support President Trump have forgotten their heritage, which as he says is a history of immigration, seeking refuge and overcoming sectarian division and conflict, and asks Irish in America to take an “Irish Stand” for inclusivity, diversity and human rights.