Patrick Hurley, formerly Skibbereen, West Cork lives in New York City. Active in GOP & Conservative politics, in the 2003 New York City council elections, he was a GOP/Conservative candidate. In 1987, Hurley, with other members of the County Cork Association of New York, founded the Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM), an organization, which was dedicated to legalizing the Irish and to overturning the adverse, discriminatory 1965 Kennedy Immigration Act. The Kennedy Act effectively ended legal immigration from Ireland and other European countries. In the Immigration Act of 1990, the IIRM and AOH secured thousands of Green Cards for Irish and other Europeans. Hurley is the immediate past president of the County Cork Association, one of the most active Irish American organizations. He is employed in the security profession. From 1987 to 1991, Hurley worked at the New York Irish Echo. In recent years, he briefly wrote a regular column for the publication. A freelance columnist, Hurley has been published in the U.S. and Ireland. He has also made numerous appearances on TV and radio. Currently, Hurley writes an occasional opinion column for New York's Irish Examiner.