The Tribe

From JFK to Trump, Irish American voters have played a pivotal role in US politics, but is their influence on the wane? The Tribe provides a definitive, clear-eyed look at Irish American voters.

Caitríona Perry explores the role of Irish Americans in the US political system. Once considered to be kingmakers in local and national elections, generations of assimilation and rising numbers of newer immigrants have diluted their power and influence. Leading Republicans and Democrats, including Senators, Congressmen and women, and Vice Presidents, explain that they no longer target a notional ‘Irish voting bloc’, that the concept has long faded. Many proud Irish American Republicans lay out why they align more with conservative ideals, despite the beliefs of some of their relations in Ireland that all Irish in America are Democrats. Caitríona also meets many of President Trump’s Green Army, who are Red and Green and Proud. This book is a modern chronicle of the politics of Irish America from early emigration to the present day, and explains what changing views and changing demographics mean for the future of Ireland’s political influence in the US.

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October 2019




Hardback, 272 pages

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By Caitríona Perry

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Caitríona Perry is an award-winning Irish journalist. She’s worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000, including a stint as RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent, and currently anchors RTÉ’s flagship news programme Six One. She has won awards for her television and radio reportage, including a National Justice Media Merit Award for TV News in June 2015. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism (2002) and a master’s degree in International Relations (2010), both awarded by Dublin City University, which recently named her as one of the university’s distinguished alumni.

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