Monthly Archives: September 2012

Orange Order bands pass St Patricks Church Belfast some breached the ruling of the parades commission.

Orange Order bands pass St Patricks Church Belfast some breached the ruling of the parades commission by playing sectarian tunes, on parts of the route to the chirch and in the Short Strand. Parishioners were also delayed going to mass as a result of the Police security cordon.

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The women of Carrick Hill outside St Patricks church

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In Belfast as an Observer with Members of the Irish Government

As a part of the Observer group we will report on the actions of the Orange Order in the parade that will pass St Patricks church and the carrick hill community.

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Bill Clinton says he could run for President of Ireland in 2018, succeeding Michael D Higgins

Could Clinton become President all over again?

By

CATHY HAYES,
IrishCentral Staff Writer
Published Friday, September 28, 2012, 8:20 AM
Updated Friday, September 28, 2012, 8:20 AM
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Bill Clinton speaking at the Irish America Magazine Hall of Fame

Bill Clinton speaking at the Irish America Magazine Hall of Fame
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Former President Bill Clinton recently said that he could be eligible to become a candidate for the next Irish presidency.

The Irish Independent reports that while speaking with CNN’s Piers Morgan at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, Clinton said, “If I move to Ireland and buy a house, I can run for president of Ireland because of my Irish heritage.”

Similarly, Clinton also said that he could be eligible to run for president of France, “Any person anywhere in the world that was born in a place that ever was a part of the French empire, if you move to, if you live in France for six months and speak French you can run for president of France.”

Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas, which was bought from France by the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

While Clinton admitted that the chances of him running for office in France are poor, he did poll well in a theoretical poll about his chances in France.

Between France and Ireland, it would seem more likely for Clinton to get involved with Ireland. He served as a vital part of the peace process in Northern Ireland during his run as U.S. President.

Clinton served as President of the U.S. in two successive terms from 1993 – 2001. His wife Hillary Clinton is currently serving as Secretary of State under President Obama.

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Bill-Clinton-says-he-could-run-for-President-of-Ireland-in-2018-succeeding-Michael-D-Higgins-171772641.html#ixzz27mA1hiq3

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Seanad Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas Senator Mark Daly calls on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to attend the Seanad to work on the issue of driving licences for Irish people in Canada

I seek a debate with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on driving licences for Irish citizens in Canada. We have pushed for a reciprocal arrangement where we would recognise their full licences and they would recognise ours. Unfortunately, there seems to be a great resistance to it in the Department and the Road Safety Authority. About 5,000 Irish citizens travel to Canada and they must go through its entire process in order to get a licence. I had a meeting with the Canadian ambassador who has pushed hard for the cause. The provinces of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have unilaterally decided to recognise Irish driving licences and Ireland needs to take a step in a similar direction. I ask the Leader to organise a debate in order to ensure that Irish citizens receive a full licence in exchange for their Irish one when they travel to Canada.

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