Irish-American lobby

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The Irish American lobby is the loose coalition of groups and individuals who influence United States policy in both foreign and domestic affairs in support of causes related to Ireland and Irish American interests.

The main issues that have concerned the Irish American lobby historically have been support for Irish independence, support for the unification of Ireland, support for Catholic parochial schools, and winning increased quotas for immigration from Ireland. In areas with large Irish populations, the Irish lobby has worked through the Democratic Party.

Formal organizations[edit]

The Irish National Caucus (INC) was founded in 1974 by Father Sean Gabriel McManus at a meeting of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.[1] The INC lobbies for the MacBride Principles, a manifesto that demands the cooperation of US companies doing business in Northern Ireland in fighting alleged discrimination and abuses there.[2] The INC formerly operated a now defunct political action committee under the name INC Irish PAC. [3] The INC operates a tax-exempt charitable organization, the Irish Peace Foundation, to support "a non-violent solution in Ireland."[4][5]

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is an Irish-Catholic fraternal organization. The order was instrumental for establishing, in 1977, the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs. [6] The Ireland-US Council and the US-Ireland Alliance are organisations which encourage bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) is an organization founded in December 2005 by Niall O'Dowd, Ciaran Staunton, and Kelly Fincham that campaigns for reform of United States immigration law and for legalizing an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants.[7][8] The ILIR visited the White House in 2012 to discuss a proposed Irish E-3 visa which would allow Irish people to work in the United States on a non-immigrant visa for two years, an interval which could be extended.[9][10]


  1. ^ Thompson, Joseph (2001). American Policy and Northern Ireland: A Saga of Peacebuilding. Westport Conn.: Praeger. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-275-96517-4. 
  2. ^ University of Minnesota Human Rights Library. The MacBride Principles
  3. ^ Federal Election Commission. "FEC Disclosure Reports - Filer ID C00179614"
  4. ^ "Washington, DC 20003: Tax Exempt/Nonprofit Organizations"
  5. ^ Irish Peace Foundation
  6. ^ The making of US foreign policy, John Dumbrell, David M. Barrett, Manchester University Press ND, 1990, pp. 178ff.
  7. ^ About Us Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform. Retrieved: 2014-01-24.
  8. ^ About ILIR Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform. Retrieved: 2014-01-24.
  9. ^ White House meets Irish lobby to discuss new visa bill for Ireland Irish Central, 2012-01-25.
  10. ^ Real hope at last for immigration reform for Irish - Senator Schumer bill to highlight case for work visas Irish Central, 2011-12-12.

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