Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring has completed a busy St Patrick’s Day schedule of events in Boston during which he met with politicians, representatives of the Irish American community and business representatives.
The Minister for Community & Rural Affairs presented a gift from Foxford Woollen Mills to the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, who has family connections in Connemara and is due to receive the Freedom of Galway, and to the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker, who visited Ireland last year.
During his trip, Minister Ring met with numerous Irish groups including the Mayo Association, the Irish American Partnership, the Irish International Immigrant Centre, the Charitable Irish Society and the Irish Pastoral Centre. He said these organisations provide fantastic support for the Irish diaspora in Boston and they are a credit to the strong and vibrant Irish American community in the city.
Minister Ring said that during his meetings with public representatives, he highlighted the situation of the undocumented Irish, of whom there are many in Boston and the wider area.
He said both Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh are very aware of the difficulties faced by the undocumented Irish – an issue which the Taoiseach also raised with President Trump.
Minister Ring also marched in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, which was attended by tens of thousands of people.