By Ray O’Hanlon
A peace meeting between the organizers of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade and leaders of the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been set for June 19 in Manhattan.
The meeting will take place at the headquarters of Mutual of America. Mutual chairman Bill Flynn is also head of the parade-organizing corporation.
Parade and AOH leaders have been in dispute over just which body controls the running of the annual march up Fifth Avenue.
Teddy in charge
The prospects for Senate approval of immigration provision 245i may have gotten a boost this week with the ascension of Sen. Edward Committee to the chairmanship of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Kennedy’s elevation follows the departure from the GOP of Sen. Jim Jeffords. Kennedy is a co-sponsor of the Senate version of a 245i bill already passed by the House of Representatives.
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Steinberg steps in
Jim Steinberg, who worked up to the final moments of the Clinton administration on implementation of the Good Friday accord, will take over the vacancy at the Brookings Institute created by the departure of Richard Haass, the Bush administration’s front man on the peace process. The Brookings Institute is a Washington, D.C., think tank. Steinberg accompanied former president Bill Clinton on his recent Irish trip.
Lingus for Toronto?
Despite falling profits and buyout reports, Aer Lingus is reportedly looking at a trans-Atlantic route expansion that would mean flights connecting Toronto with Ireland. The Canadian city has been mentioned in the past as a possible destination for the Irish carrier, which presently does not operate any services north of the U.S. border.
Fordham plays host
Fordham University in the Bronx is this week hosting the 39th gathering of the American conference for Irish studies. 200 scholars will give talks and hosts discussions on a number of topics of Irish interest through June 9 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St. in Manhattan. The events are open to the public.