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By Gerry O'Shea

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O'SHEA: Looking At Immigration and Replacement Theories
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O'SHEA: Looking At Immigration and Replacement Theories
The economic and political impact of immigrants and refugees on American lives has become a lightning-rod issue, sparking strong feelings on both s...
O'SHEA: Putin’s Invasion Was a Massive Miscalculation
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O'SHEA: Putin’s Invasion Was a Massive Miscalculation
I was among the many “experts” convinced that Vladimir Putin would not invade Ukraine. Our thinking still seems logical: why would he attack the se...
O'SHEA: Global Warming and the Midterm Elections
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O'SHEA: Global Warming and the Midterm Elections
By far the biggest difference between the two main political parties in America resides in their differing approaches to the threat of global warmi...
O'SHEA: The Challenges Facing the Catholic Church
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O'SHEA: The Challenges Facing the Catholic Church
For the first time in history the number of people in the United States who identify as belonging to a church, mosque or synagogue is less than tho...
O'SHEA: Irish Language is Enjoying a Renaissance
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O'SHEA: Irish Language is Enjoying a Renaissance
I recall well a moving story that Maurice Brick, author and fluent Gaelic speaker, told me many years ago. He comes from the heart of the Ballyferr...
O'SHEA: Duffy’s Cut is a Story for the Ages
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O'SHEA: Duffy’s Cut is a Story for the Ages
I attended the annual commemoration of the untimely deaths in 1832 of 57 Irish laborers who worked and died at a stretch of railway track in Cheste...
O'SHEA: Mixing the Political with the Legal
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O'SHEA: Mixing the Political with the Legal
When the imperatives of the law clash with the dynamic push and pull of power politics, the result is often an unseemly public mess. In the 2000 pr...
O'SHEA:  Some Thoughts on the Anglo-Irish Treaty
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O'SHEA: Some Thoughts on the Anglo-Irish Treaty
I recall clearly a conversation with my uncle, Michael O'Shea, shortly after I came to New York in the early seventies. He and his older brother, P...
O'SHEA:  Why We Need Trade Unions
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O'SHEA: Why We Need Trade Unions
I watched an interview with Marty Walsh this week. He is the Secretary of Labor in Washington who started his working career with Laborers Local 22...
O'SHEA:  And Speaking of a Speaker McCarthy
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O'SHEA: And Speaking of a Speaker McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives and a very ambitious man, sees himself on the cusp of a major positive career...
O'SHEA:  Ireland's Partition and the Treaty that Followed O'SHEA: Ireland's Partition and the Treaty that Followed
A historic debate took place in the Irish parliament a hundred years ago about whether to accept or reject the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which was negoti...
O'SHEA:  The Climate Crisis Smolders On
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O'SHEA: The Climate Crisis Smolders On
A major row erupted in 2019 between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and the French leader, Emmanuel Macron, as thousands of fires engulfed the A...