Irish-American community applauds nomination
The Old Order of the Hibernians has welcomed President Biden’s appointment last week of Massachusetts State Representative Claire Cronin as the next Ambassador to Ireland.
Biden appointed Cronin, one of his main Massachusetts supporters, to the Dublin post on Wednesday, June 23.
“The eagerness to make this appointment shows an appreciation by the administration of the ‘special relationship’ between the United States and Ireland, a relationship that predates American independence,” said the AOH in a press release.
‘The importance of the role for which Ms Cronin has been proposed cannot be overstated, especially given the unrest that the UK’s decision to pursue Brexit has caused and continues to cause. With its large English-speaking population, Ireland has now become the natural gateway for American businesses to the European Union, let alone Ireland as a whole being at the forefront of key 21st century technologies.
“Unfortunately, we have seen growing resistance from the UK to honor the commitments they made under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, including the Northern Ireland Protocol designed to protect the open border of Ireland. America must renew itself and make it clear that the peace of the island of Ireland is a priority of the United States and that it expects all parties to honor their commitments under of the Good Friday Agreement and the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement A strong American presence is essential to this end, and we believe that as an Ambassador, Ms. Cronin is up to the task.
Cronin, 61, was a key figure in Biden’s victory in the Massachusetts primaries when he managed to defeat his hometown candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren for the state nomination. She also had the major benefit of appearing on national television at the Democratic National Convention announcing Biden’s first victory in his state.
“I am deeply honored to be appointed by President Biden as Ambassador to Ireland, especially given my own Irish roots,” Cronin said in a White House statement Wednesday.
“If this is confirmed, I look forward to serving as an Ambassador and working with our partners in Ireland on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
The White House said in a statement: “During her tenure as lawmaker, Cronin also served as vice-chair, and later chair, of the Judicial Committee. As chairman of the commission, Cronin was the architect of important legislation, including major criminal justice reform and police reform.
“Cronin has also been Mediator / Arbitrator for Commonwealth Mediation in Brockton, Massachusetts since 2003. Prior to her election as representative, Cronin maintained Claire Cronin’s law firm in Brockton, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was first a Legal Assistant and then a Partner at Wynn & Wynn, PC in Raynham, Massachusetts.
“Prior to that, she worked in Liaison and Constituent Services in the office of Massachusetts Governor Edward King. Cronin received his BA from Stonehill College and his JD from Suffolk University.
Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts, Friends of Ireland co-chair in Congress, applauded Cronin’s appointment.
“She made history as the first woman to serve as Majority Leader in the Massachusetts Legislature, and once confirmed by the Senate, she will play an important role in helping to strengthen ties between the states- United and Ireland, ”Neal said in a statement. Wednesday.
“This is an important post and that is why I look forward to working closely with the Ambassador-designate on a range of issues to strengthen and expand our unique transatlantic partnership.”
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney tweeted:
Very good news: US president @Joe Biden has announced Massachusetts State Representative and Lawyer Claire Cronin as her candidate for Ambassador to Ireland. We look forward to welcoming him to #Ireland.
– Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) June 23, 2021
* This column first appeared in the June 30 edition of the weekly Irish Voice, sister publication of IrishCentral.