In The Tribe, Caitríona Perry is on familiar ground, returning to Washington and the green strongholds of the United States.
Irish Americans were once considered kingmakers in local and national elections, but generations of assimilation and rising numbers of newer immigrants have diluted that power. Many even argue that the concept of an Irish vote is dead.
But through exclusive interviews with powerful Irish American insiders, including President Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump’s former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump’s Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, legendary Boston mayor Ray Flynn and many more, a clear sense that the Irish are still wielding valuable soft power at the highest levels of US politics emerges.
Here, Caitríona Perry gets to the heart of the source and effectiveness of Irish power and influence in America and how it could, or should, evolve.
Caitríona Perry is an award winning Irish journalist. She has worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000, including four years as RTÉ’s Washington correspondent. Following her time there, she was described in the official record of the US Congress as having ‘done meaningful work to shed a spotlight on modern US–Ireland relations.... and informed audiences in both America and Ireland’. She currently anchors RTÉ’s flagship television news
programme Six One. Her first book, In America: Tales from Trump Country,
was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award.