A resolution designating March 2022 as “Irish-American Heritage Month” and honoring the importance of Irish-Americans in the history and progress of the United States was introduced in the United States Senate on March 17, St. -Patrick.
U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a fifth-generation U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member and Irish U.S., and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) led 10 senators in a resolution to designate March 2022 as the Irish American Heritage Month. and honor the contributions of the Irish American community.
“Generations of Irish Americans have helped build and shape our country, and I am pleased to honor their contributions with this bipartisan resolution,” Senator Murphy said.
“As a proud Irish American who represents a large Irish American community in Connecticut, it’s incredibly important to me that we reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries and continue to tell our story of resilience and strength.”
Some late St. Patrick’s Day news: @DanSullivan_AK and introduced a bipartisan resolution highlighting the importance of Irish-American heritage and signaling Congress’ continued support for the Good Friday Agreement. pic.twitter.com/p6gxnvvrPc
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 18, 2022
The bipartisan resolution in the Senate comes about a month after Senators Murphy and Sullivan met with Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney:
Great catch up with my friend the Irish Foreign Minister @simoncoveney in Munich. I brought my colleague @DanSullivan_AK also to make it clear that there is bipartisan support for Ireland! pic.twitter.com/5iQESsG1nk
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 19, 2022
Senator Murphy has long been a champion of Irish and Irish American issues. Last year he traveled to Belfast and London to meet with civil society, business and political leaders to discuss the Northern Ireland Protocol, further implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and common national security challenges.
In London today for meetings on Northern Ireland Protocol and other mutual security matters. Thank you to Brexit Minister David Frost, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and John Bew, Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Johnson, for meeting today. pic.twitter.com/m7mOCnv4k2
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 23, 2021
He and fellow Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sent a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in support of protecting the Good Friday Agreement and preserving peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the Northern Ireland Protocol.