Irish Diaspora ‘Tipp O’Neill’ award to be presented to Brian Schweitzer, former Governor of Montana

Senator Mark Daly presenting former Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, with a certificate of Irish Heritage in Waterford on his last visit to Ireland

Senator Mark Daly presenting former Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, with a certificate of Irish Heritage in Waterford on his last visit to Ireland

I was delighted to give Former Governor Schweitzer a tour of the Irish Parliament at Leinster House, when he was last in Ireland. – Mark

Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer to accept Tip O’Neill Diaspora award

By JAMES O’SHEA, IrishCentral Staff Writer

The Tip O’Neill Diaspora award will go to former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, 58, Donegal County Council has announced. His mother is a Donegal native

The weekend of the 20th and 21st of September will be devoted to Tip O’Neill, with a busy weekend of activities, including the presentation of the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award. On Friday, the 20th of September, before an invited audience at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana. the award will be presented to Brian Schweitzer, a prominent member of the present day Irish Diaspora.

Governor Brian Schweitzer was elected governor of Montana in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Schweitzer first entered politics in 1993, when President Bill Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Agriculture Department Farm Service Agency Committee. He served at the USDA for seven years. Schweitzer was chosen as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He has chaired both the Democratic Governors Association and the West Governors Association.

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