Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
A new national government would need some exceptional powers for at least three years to insulate it against the unpopularity of the decisions that have to be made."
'The nation faces ruin' as our TDs squabble
Moves for an all-party emergency government gather momentum
By JODY CORCORAN
The gravity of the national crisis has reached such proportions that demands for the formation of an emergency government with all-party support are gathering momentum.
The spectacle of politicians trading in increasingly bitter recrimination in the Dail last week has caused alarm in the most influential circles that partisan party politics is hampering any possibility of staving off economic disaster through exceptional actions.
But the Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny yesterday resisted such moves, calling instead for a general election.
Mr Kenny also denied he had a secret meeting with a senior executive of Anglo Irish Bank, two weeks ago, during which confidential matters relating to the so-called 'golden circle' at the bank was discussed. The Sunday Independent is aware that some of Ireland's most senior industry leaders were last week engaged, meanwhile, in meetings with political figures.
Through intermediaries, these figures have been impressing on all sides that party politics must be left aside, even temporarily, and a united effort be made to rescue the country.
It is understood that even within Government there is a growing realisation that, as one source put it, "something has got to give".
Yesterday, a spokesman for Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan said there was deep concern about the outflow of money from Ireland as a result of serious malpractice, highlighted at Anglo Irish Bank.
An estimate that investors have withdrawn €10bn from the country in the last seven days alone has been acknowledge by Department of Finance sources. "This flight of capital, if it continues, is heading us in the direction of economic insolvency. It is truly frightening," one source said.
Another source close to the Government yesterday told the Sunday Independent: "There would almost be a sense of relief if there was a national government. Every week is Armageddon now."
In relation to Mr Kenny's call for an election, he said: "The Opposition is only focussed on getting into power. They don't realise they will ruin the country if they keep acting like this. A general election will solve nothing. Labour and Fine Gael have totally different approaches. The political wrangling that's going on will ruin the country.
"Fine Gael and Labour should only aspire to power in the current situation as members of a national government," he said.
He added: "An all-party government, drawn from the main parties for a three-year period, with the possibility of extending it, is what is needed.
"A new national government would need some exceptional powers for at least three years to insulate it against the unpopularity of the decisions that have to be made."
Yesterday, at least 100,000 people protested against the handling and effects of the recession, including public sector workers resisting the Government's pension levy. The march through Dublin city centre offered a foretaste of possible social unrest.
Despite the unfolding emergency, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, in particular, is resisting calls for him to temper his approach -- which last week became increasingly hostile, as he told his deputies that a general election was imminent.
Mr Kenny has launched an astonishing attack on Fianna Fail, seeking to directly link the party to the controversy surrounding the Anglo Irish Bank 'golden circle'.
Mr Kenny is understood to have received information from a senior executive at Anglo Irish last Thursday week, which led him to go so far as to try to associate a Cabinet member or members with the scandal. The Taoiseach has denied any Government involvement, and is deeply unhappy at what he regards as Mr Kenny's blatant "smear" tactics.
Yesterday Mr Kenny said: "Ireland needs a new Government with a new mandate to take the country in a new direction away from the policies and decisions of Fianna Fail-led governments that have brought us to the edge of an economic precipice."
Earlier, in reply to the Sunday Independent, he said he had had a meeting with executives of Anglo Irish Bank before Christmas, but he denied he had a secret meeting two weeks ago with an executive whose identity has been made known to the Sunday Independent. The executive could not be contacted for comment.
However, informed sources close to Anglo Irish Bank are adamant that a private meeting did take place in the environs of Leinster House two weeks ago, in which critical issues relating to the bank were discussed.
The meeting is said to have occurred on Thursday of last week, ostensibly to discuss issues relating to Anglo Irish and Irish Life. It is understood that the conversation broadened onto more general matters at the bank.
On Thursday, Mr Kenny accused Fianna Fail of protecting "powerful and wealthy elites closely connected with Fianna Fail."
Earlier last week, in the Dail, he asked the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen: "Does the Taoiseach know the names of the 10 persons involved? Can he confirm that no member of the Government was involved in any way by encouragement, support or any other activity to facilitate this situation . . ."
He also said: "Can he confirm that no member of his Cabinet was in any way involved in the decisions of a new golden circle? The Galway tent may be gone but its spirit seems to be alive and well." Mr Kenny is believed to be confident that he "has the goods", or is aware of an issue, which he believes will lead to the collapse of the Government in the coming weeks.
But if the Fine Gael leader's dramatic escalation of crisis turns out to be devoid of substance, it could hasten his own departure from the political scene.
Yesterday former Fianna Fail minister Dr Jim McDaid added to the debate.
"We do not have a mandate for what we are doing," he told Newstalk radio. "Perhaps it is time we should call a general election," said the TD for Donegal North East.
- JODY CORCORAN
No expenses spared for ministers on US junkets
Astronomical travel bills include €15,380 tab for one night in NY
By MAEVE SHEEHAN Sunday February 22 2009
DINING for Ireland comes at a price, and a hefty one at that. IDA Ireland spent €217,000 dispatching enterprise ministers and their officials on transatlantic ministerial trips.
The State agency flew Micheal Martin and his successor at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, to the US five times in two years to promote Ireland as a location for foreign investment. The IDA did not stint on hospitality for the two ministers, whose trips between them averaged out at €55,000 a go.
The ministers and their entourages stayed in the best hotels, and the IDA ensured chauffeur-driven limousines -- with "non-chatty" drivers and fruit on request -- were at their beck and call for the duration of their stays.
One four-night trip to the west coast in October 2007 cost €48,598. Micheal Martin travelled with four officials and the IDA's chief executive, Barry O'Leary, taking in California's Silicone Valley and Seattle. The flights -- business class for the Minister -- cost €20,769.
To smooth the journey, the IDA also paid €810 to allow the Minister and his party to wait for their flight in the comfort of Dublin Airport's Executive Lounge.
On arrival, a chauffeur-driven car shuttled the Minister and his party to and from meetings in luxury; the bill came to $10,585 for five days.
They stayed one night in the Beverley Hilton in Beverley Hills for $1,886, with the Minister and some officials staying in junior suites and deluxe rooms.
At the Four Seasons in Silicon Valley -- where accommodating the party for two nights cost $3,722 -- the Minister and the IDA hosted a $7,587 dinner for 25 people. The $1,700 drinks bill included 14 bottles of California's finest wines, including four of Chalk Hill Sonoma County Chardonnay at $74 a pop.
Afterwards, the party retired to the bar, where the State development authority stood a $443 round of 36 drinks that included 13 Heinekens, a 16-year-old Glenlivet scotch at $15 and a couple of $21 glasses of wine from the Stags Leap vineyard.
On another four-night trip to Boston in April last year -- which cost €55,043 -- the chauffeur-driven limo alone cost more than the hotel bills at $11,132. The IDA requested a "five-star" chauffeur for Minister Martin and specified that he be "non-chatty".
The car also came with fruit, napkins, a hand sanitiser and a garbage bag.
The hotel bills at Jury's Boston Hotel for the same trip came to $10,490. The Minister was also a special guest at a $25,394 banquet for 75 paid for by the IDA. The guests grazed on canapes such as chilled lobster ($6 apiece) and foie gras mousse ($6.25 apiece), before proceeding to a $165-a-head meal, while entertained by a pianist hired for $350.
Mary Coughlan, the Tanaiste and current Minister for Enterprise and Employment, embarked on her first IDA mission last November. The IDA lavished €60,809 on the six-day trip. The Minister took in Boston, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Chicago. She was guest of honour at a $15,444 business lunch for 58 people in the Four Seasons in Boston, including a $1,620 flower arrangement.
Her party included her special advisor, private secretary, and the secretary general of her department, Sean Gorman, along with the IDA's Mr O'Leary. In Chicago, the Minister was the special guest at a $3,119 banquet for 17 people at the Signature restaurant. The bill came to $2,519.21, including a $444 tip. A trip in March last year for Mr Martin and three officials to Austin, Texas, and then to Palo Alto, California, cost €37,403, including flights of €22,517.
An overnight trip to New York for the Minister, two officials, and IDA CEO Barry O'Callaghan in February 2007 cost €15,380. The bill included a $2,450 tab for a chauffeur, $1,783 for one night's accommodation for the party of four, flights of €11,613 and another stint in the executive lounge at a mere €380.
The costs of the ministerial trips were borne by the taxpayer and were distributed through the IDA. The details were released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Joan Burton, the Labour finance spokesman, said the costs had to be reviewed.
"It is important that Ministers get out there and promote the country but there has to be some restraint. The impression has grown in recent years that all the normal controls that did exist have become very relaxed," she said. "I think it has to be done in a very strategic way."
- MAEVE SHEEHAN
Saturday, February 21, 2009
After this broadcast, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement on Aug. 26 that said, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, ‘Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.’” Archbishop Wuerl also issued a statement, correcting Pelosi’s statements about Catholic teaching, as did Archbishop Niederauer. Pelosi did not retract her comments made on NBC. But her spokesman Brendan Daly issued a statement about Pelosi that partly reads: “She [Pelosi] was raised in a devout Catholic family who often disagreed with her pro-choice views. “After she was elected to Congress, and the choice issue became more public as she would have to vote on it, she studied the matter more closely. Her views on when life begins were informed by the views of Saint Augustine, who said: ‘…the law does not provide that the act [abortion] pertains to homicide, for there cannot yet be said to be a live soul in a body that lacks sensation…’ (Saint Augustine, On Exodus 21.22) “While Catholic teaching is clear that life begins at conception, many Catholics do not ascribe to that view. The Speaker agrees with the Church that we should reduce the number of abortions. She believes that can be done by making family planning more available, as well as by increasing the number of comprehensive age-appropriate sex education and caring adoption programs.”
Feb 5th 2009 DUBLIN
THE difference between Ireland and Iceland, so the current joke goes, is one letter and six months. A Dublin economist responds that the real difference lies in a four-letter word: euro. Ireland is in, and Iceland is not. A former European commissioner from Ireland, Peter Sutherland, thinks that Europe’s single currency has kept Ireland afloat. Even so, GDP is expected to contract by 5% and the unemployment rate to rise to over 9% this year. And Ireland is bracing itself for a credit downgrade on its sovereign debt.
Much will depend on how the rating agencies judge the latest efforts by the prime minister, Brian Cowen, to stabilise the public finances. On February 3rd he made a poor start, before recovering. After weeks of talks, he failed to win trade union support for his budget cuts. Yet hours later he imposed the measures the unions had rejected, including a pension levy on public-service workers. His unilateral action signalled the end of two decades of social partnership, based on a consensus approach to wage bargaining between government, employers and unions.
Mr Cowen’s cuts are the first steps in a five-year austerity programme meant to close a huge budget deficit. But they come at a hard time. The economy has been hit by the global credit crunch, a burst property bubble and collapsing tax revenues. This year’s estimated budget deficit will be some 10% of GDP, even after the latest cuts. The government hopes to restore balance by 2013, but that will take spending cuts and tax increases worth €16 billion (equivalent to 8% of GDP).
The rapid deterioration in the public finances has unnerved bond markets and raised Ireland’s borrowing costs. In recent weeks Irish bond spreads over German bonds have widened by over two percentage points. Yet Mr Cowen’s political problem is that he is ill-placed to sell acceptance of five years of austerity. His government has struggled with its banking crisis. Morale has been dented by a succession of economic shocks. Last month Waterford Wedgwood, a maker of luxury glassware and china, went into receivership; and Dell, a computer maker, announced it was closing its manufacturing plant in Limerick, with the loss of 1,900 jobs, and moving to Poland.
The government’s public standing could hardly be lower. In a recent poll three out of four respondents said its handling of the economy had been poor. Fianna Fail, which leads the coalition and has been in power since 1997, is trailing in the polls. Mr Cowen’s only consolation is a favourable shift in views of the European Union’s Lisbon treaty. There is expected to be a second referendum on this in the autumn, and recent polls show a two-to-one majority in favour. Ireland’s euro membership during the recession may make all the difference at the ballot box.
By Mark Hemingway
Rep. Peter King’s Washington, D.C., office is stuffed full of New York memorabilia. Every wall is covered with framed photos of actors and baseball players (King’s allegiance lies with the Mets). In terms of décor, the Long Island congressman’s office is reminiscent of one of the Big Apple’s touristy delis. There’s one thing about his office that makes it unusual for a New York politician: It belongs to a Republican. As the 111th Congress begins, New York’s congressional delegation has 29 seats. Only three belong to Republicans (one is vacant), and King’s district is the only Republican district in the entire southern half of the state, which encompasses more than three-quarters of the population. “It’s about 300 miles before you get to the next Republican district,” observes King, now in his ninth term.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
THE funeral Mass of the wife of a leading figure in the arms trial that rocked the nation took place yesterday -- with the chief celebrant criticising the couple's "victimisation" by the government over a period of 30 years.
Sheila Kelly was predeceased in 2003 by Captain James Kelly. Capt Kelly was an Irish Army intelligence officer and in 1970, together with former Taoiseach Charles Haughey and two others, faced arms import charges. All were acquitted, but Capt Kelly had to leave the army and said the affair destroyed his life.
His wife, a mother of six, who lived in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, died last Thursday from lung cancer. She was in her 70s. "Nothing of Sheila is lost," Fr Martin Kelly, a brother of James, told mourners at St Mary of the Angels Church, in Dublin, yesterday morning. "Nothing of her love and dedication to family . . . nothing of her strength of character shown during the 30 years of victimisation when Jim was framed by government action, and so shabbily treated by the upper echelons of the Army."
The comments drew a round of applause from the congregation, which included junior minister Conor Lenihan, writer Tim Pat Coogan and journalist David Davin Power. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore attended the removal service on Sunday.
Fr Kelly said that it was appropriate that her funeral Mass was taking place in St Mary's, "near where Jim and Sheila's ordeal began nearly 39 years ago in the Four Courts".
Capt Kelly oversaw the procurement of an arms consignment from Germany, which prompted the trial, but always claimed he had government authorisation for the mission. After his death in 2003, the then Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, said that "Captain Kelly acted on what he believed were the proper orders of his superiors. For my part, I never found any reason to doubt his integrity". However, Sheila Kelly dismissed the statement as "mild-mannered" and called for a gesture from government to exonerate her husband.
That call was repeated at her funeral Mass yesterday.
- Jason O'Brien
By Deal W. Hudson
February 16, 2009
(Inside Catholic.com) - This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will meet with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican. With the debilitating illness of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Pelosi has become the de facto leader of dissident Catholic members of Congress. It's only appropriate that Pelosi should take Kennedy's place. When she became Speaker in January 2006, she chose Rev. Robert Drinan, S.J., as the celebrant of the Mass held in her honor. The late Father Drinan, a longtime professor of law at Georgetown University, had been the architect of the arguments now used as cover by Catholic politicians who wish to dodge the abortion issue. This effort began in 1964, when Father Drinan was among a small group of theologians who visited Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, to school the Kennedy clan on how to finesse the abortion issue in politics.
Pelosi's 100 percent voting record on abortion, according to NARAL, is commonplace among Catholic Democrats in the House, but Pelosi is, perhaps, the most vocal among them. For example, millions of dollars for contraceptives were cut from the first version of the stimulus package; only Pelosi, rather incoherently, defended the funding. In August, she made such outrageous comments about the Church on Meet the Press that she single-handedly endangered President Barack Obama's outreach to Catholic voters. When, to support her pro-abortion stance on when life begins, she asserted, "Over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition," Pelosi elicited a rebuke not only from her own Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, but also from dozens of other bishops.
Thus, the news that Pelosi will meet with Benedict spread like wildfire through the Catholic blogs last Thursday. Many Catholics, disgusted with her rabid pro-abortion politics, were outraged that the pope would agree to meet with her at all. They forget that the Holy Father is a head of state and regularly meets with political leaders from every nation, regardless of their positions on issues important to the Church. It's a good idea for Benedict to meet with Pelosi, because one can never underestimate the impact of being in his presence. It's also worth remembering that, if the protocol of past meetings remains the same, the Holy Father will make formal remarks in front of the media before any private meeting. Benedict will very likely make comments criticizing the Obama administration for ending the Mexico City Policy and warning the new Congress against passing the Freedom of Choice Act. When Pope John Paul II, meeting President George W. Bush for the first time in July 2001, made mild remarks critical of his position on embryonic stem cell research, the media talked about nothing else. It will be interesting to compare the media reaction to anything Benedict may say about Pelosi and Obama.
Just as important as Pelosi's meeting with the Holy Father is all that will surround her visit to the Vatican. Will she attend Mass? Will she receive communion? How many from the media will be present? How widely will the photos and videos of her reception be spread around the world? How many of her fellow pro-abortion Catholics will be at her side? You can be sure that Pelosi will choreograph her visit to get maximum exposure of her Catholic identity -- down to a photograph of her entering St. Peter's Basilica in a veil, no doubt. Pelosi, of course, should be denied communion, but it is unlikely to happen. Any priest who celebrates Mass with Pelosi present will be carefully chosen beforehand in order to avoid embarrassment to the Speaker and her entourage. But I wouldn't rule out some sort of protest from orthodox Catholic students and seminarians studying in Rome.
Given the publicity Pelosi will receive during this trip, Archbishop Niederauer should issue another public statement reiterating his criticism of her position on abortion -- and that, furthermore, if she presents herself for communion, he will deny it to her. If he were to remain silent, he would experience the embarrassment of having other U.S. bishops responding to Pelosi, in his place, on behalf of the Church. Rev. Tom Euteneuer has already taken a bold stand, expressing his belief that Pelosi should be publicly and formally excommunicated. Unfortunately, his public statement makes it less likely to happen: Bishops don't want to appear to do what they are told by the head of Human Life International, or any other Catholic apostolate for that matter. But our good friend at HLI is right on the mark.
Courtesy of New York United Irish Counties Officer
Monday, February 16, 2009
Credit ratings agency Moody's recently followed rival Standard & Poor's in warning it might downgrade Irish debt, amid fears that one of Europe's former success stories is falling into a deepening recession. The cost to hedge against losses on Irish debt tripled last week to a record 355 basis points - meaning that for every £100 of debt, investors have to pay £3.55 to insure against default, according to data firm CMA Datavision. It was about 262 basis points at the end of January.
Moody's has warned there is a more than 50% chance Ireland will lose its triple A rating within 12 to 18 months. The spread between Irish and German debt rose last week to 203 points, meaning Ireland has to pay 2% more interest than Germany to borrow in the financial markets because of its perceived higher risk.
Ireland last week announced an additional €7bn (£6.3bn) injection into its top banks, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks, which are suffering from an increase in bad loans. Thousands of Irish citizens are struggling to pay their mortgages which they arranged at the peak of the country's real estate bubble. Unemployment is at a 15-year high.
The IMF tried to calm investors by saying the country, once known as the Celtic Tiger because of its economic growth, did not need any financing from it.
The Irish American Republicans
“The GOP’s Delta Force”
- Sean Hannity
Cordially invites you to our
12th Annual Awards Reception
Chairman Emeritus, Mutual of America
Congressman Peter King
3rd Congressional District, New York
Member, 2008 GOP Platform Committee
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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New York, New York
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Sunday, February 15, 2009
"Please have a look at this. I've posted the link as this really is one of those 'picture says a thousand words' things. As a firearms officer I trained to deal with situations like these.......it was all done at a distance....usually involving shots. This shows that if you don't have access to firearms you just have to deal with it anyway........a very brave man."
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
· Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
· Why the early bird gets the worm;
· Life isn't always fair; and
· Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (e.g. adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 step brothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I'm A Victim.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
County Cork Association of New York
Annual St. Patrick's Banquet
March 7, 2009
President Mary Power
The County Cork Association of New York invites you to join in celebrating the St. Patrick’s season at its annual banquet on Saturday, March 7th, 2009 at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NYC. Cocktail hour will commence at 7:00 PM with dinner to follow; with music and dancing to the Black Velvet Band until 12:30 AM. This year we are delighted to honor three distinguished members of New York’s County Cork community.
Our 2009 Guest of Honor is Mr. Charles F. Murphy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Construction Company in New York. A 30-year construction industry veteran, Charles has spent his entire career at Turner at various positions until being named Senior Vice President in 2007. He continues in the tradition of his grandfather, also named Charles F. Murphy, who came to New York in 1881 from Barley Hill, Newmarket, Co. Cork and started a plumbing business. As did his great-uncle Jeremiah, who formed J.L Murphy Inc. and grew to one of the largest plumbing and heating contractors in New York working on such important projects as the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. In the 1980’s his father, Edward was President of J.L Murphy Inc. and also President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York. Our Guest of Honor is a member of several prominent organizations including the Contractors Association of Greater New York and the Building Trades Employers Association and serves on the Board of the Salvadori Center and Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens.
Our Cork Woman of the Year is Barbara Cronin. Barbara hails from Queens County, New York and is married to veteran member Mike Cronin of Millstreet, Co. Cork. She has been a member of the County Cork Association for over twenty years and has served on various committees during that time. She was Financial Secretary of the association from 2007 to 2008. Barbara was an elementary school teacher with the Public School system in Long Island for many years, retiring in 2000. She and Mike have two children and several grandchildren.
Our Frank Carvill Distinguished Service Award honoree is Mary T. English, formerly O’Reilly, of Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Mary has been an active member of the County Cork Association for twenty-five years. She was married to Past President John English, RIP, who hailed from Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. John was a senior NYS court official and a highly regarded union leader within the court system. Mary and John have five children and numerous grandchildren. Mary has served the association as trustee, corresponding secretary, auditor, building committee member and is currently the Chairperson of Good & Welfare, a duty she has performed assiduously for many years. Mary is also active in numerous groups in her local community of Woodside and is a member of Community Board #2. She is also an active and respected member of the local Democratic Party.
We will be publishing a souvenir journal dedicated to our distinguished honorees. We invite you to include a greeting or advertise your business. Enclosed is a contract with details of the advertising rates. Please attach a copy of your advert/greeting and return to Journal Co-Chairperson Timothy Murphy at 64-56 60th Ave. Maspeth, NY 11378 by February 19, 2009.
Tickets are $80 and can be reserved by calling Mary Waters at (718) 899-6776.
Banquet Chairman, Michael Gubbins, (917) 416 - 7673; Journal Chairman,Timothy Murphy (718) 894 - 0844; Banquet Co-Chairperson, Deirdre O'Hea, (516) 398 - 6204; Reservations Chaiperson Mary Waters (718) 899 - 6776
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Grand Marshal & Aides Reception
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration Committee
P.O. Box 295 Woodlawn Station,
Bronx, NY 10470
Web Site: NYCStPatricksParade.Org
The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration Committee
Grand Marshal and Aides Reception
Honoring the 2009
Grand Marshal Michael J. Gibbons
and his Aides
Sunday February 22nd, 2009 at 3:00 pm.
Antun’s 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, New York
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