Rep. Kane joins bipartisan support panel at Irish Unity Summit in NYC

Shrewsbury State Representative Hannah Kane (right) engaging in the Irish Unity & Bipartisan American Political Support panel discussion at the Irish Unity Summit (NY – March 2024) | Photo by the Office of the State Representative Hannah Kane

Shrewsbury State Representative Hannah Kane recently participated as a panelist at the Irish Unity Summit held in the Great Hall of New York’s Cooper Union on March 1, 2024.

Representative Kane, a Republican, joined a panel with New York Democrat State Senator Tim Kennedy to discuss bipartisan American political support for the unification of Ireland.

The event, titled “Irish Unity Summit: For a New and United Ireland,” was organized by seven Irish American organizations and featured panels, presentations, and discussions on the journey towards a “New and United Ireland.”

The keynote speaker at the event was Mary Lou McDonald, the President of Sinn Féin, a political party in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with a republican and democratic socialist ideology.

In a statement, Representative Kane shared her connection to Ireland, noting her great-grandfather’s journey to America at a young age and her recent participation in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement with legislators from across the United States.

Reflecting on the summit, Kane expressed optimism about the momentum towards Irish unification and praised the inspiring speakers who contributed to the discussions.

“This past August I traveled with nearly 200 legislators from 44 states to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Today we spoke of the path the Agreement lays out for Ireland to pursue unification and when that can happen. So much positive momentum and inspiring speakers!,” stated Rep. Kane.

The idea of Irish reunification, also known as a New Ireland, advocates for the unification of the entire island of Ireland into a single sovereign state. Currently, Ireland is politically divided: the Republic of Ireland governs most of the island, while Northern Ireland, located within the Irish province of Ulster, is part of the United Kingdom.

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