Obama Tabs Rooney

President Obama has named Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney as ambassador to Ireland. His qualifications for the position (besides being a wealthy Obama voter, that is) …

The grandson of an Irish immigrant, Rooney in the 1970s helped found the American Ireland Fund, an organization that has raised millions for advocacy of peace and education in Ireland. His legacy is reflected in a Steelers-themed bar in a disused linen mill in one of the roughest parts of northwest Belfast.

Often, ambassadorships are honoraria handed out to prominent supporters, but with the IRA perhaps resurgent and the Irish economy in trouble, Rooney may have some genuine challenges ahead. Best o’ luck to him.


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