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O'Malley is Ireland Bound

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose Irish heritage is a large part of his political persona, is planning a trip to his ancestral homeland shortly after the legislature wraps up its 90-day session next week.

O'Malley (D) has been invited to Dublin by an institute affiliated with Boston College to participate in a conference on the peace and reconciliation process between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

O'Malley is scheduled to give a keynote address April 14 offering an American perspective on the issue, said Thomas E. Hachey, executive director of the Boston College Center for Irish Programs. Other headliners at the two-day event include Thomas Foley, the U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

O'Malley aides said the trip will be the governor's first to Ireland since 2004, when the then-mayor of Baltimore toured with his seven-piece Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March.

O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese confirmed the upcoming travel, saying "the governor looks forward to the trip."

Abbruzzese said the trip is being paid for by the Irish Institute, part of Boston College's Center for Irish Programs.

-- John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  April 4, 2007; 6:57 AM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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Since he favors government apologies for prior misdeeds [like slaveholding, generations ago,] perhaps O`Malley should apologize for all the money and arms from misguided Irish-Americans sent IN OUR TIME to support IRA terrorism .

Posted by: gitarre | April 4, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Martin should take a side trip to Scotland to learn how to be thrifty so that he does not get an inkling to raise taxes next year.

Posted by: Robin Ficker | April 4, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

It is truly pathetic how much time the Republicans and general Dem-haters waste on this board attacking ever breathe Democrats take.

If you bothered to channel this hatred and energy into actually building your party in this State, maybe you will actually get somewhere, but all you want to do is rant, rave, and have childish tantrums. But I guess you have no idea how to govern any better, just find it easier to cry about the Democrats being in control.

Robin, I'm surprised no one has filed a complaint with the Bar concerning client neglect, considering how much time you spend online reading blog entries.

Posted by: mdhawk | April 4, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Yes, yes, there are important issues here, but before I start working with those....O'Malley has a Celtic rock band????

Posted by: Anonymous | April 4, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Since all Marylanders live in the lap of luxury and can sit at home and sip cocktails while collecting their dividend checks, O'Malley has time to bring the troops home from Iraq, end the suffering in Darfur and bring hostilities to a close in Northern Ireland. What a guy.

How about ending hostilities in P.G. County before you look abroad?

Posted by: BG from PG | April 4, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

BG from PG, why don't Prince Georges County try helping itself out?

Posted by: Fred | April 4, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

internations junkets from special interests... How much is this trip worth? How many staff are attending as well? Family? Will they play any golf a la Jack Abramoff while they're there or take other personal time? How long is the trip and how much official time is being spent vs. personal time? Does Boston College happen to share a lobbyist (er, excuse me, government relations professional) with anyone in MD who may have arranged this all expense paid getaway for the boy governor? Are they REALLY paying for O'Malley and his family, friends and staff to take an all expense paid vacation to Ireland for however long it is for a governor with no international experience whatsoever (except the rock band of course - tres internationsl) to talk about internal Irish relations? Doesn't sound fishy to me.

Is the Post asking any of these questions?

Thanks for your hard charging, investigative, ask the tough questions journalism.

Posted by: journalist by night | April 4, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

journalist by night, if you would have read the article, it states that he was INVITED. That means it will not cost anything to the Maryland taxpayers. If his family also travels with him, either the host pays or he will pay the expenses from his pocket. Or maybe a mix of both. Now, before you open your big mouth about official time vs. personal time, a governor's wage is salary, not hourly. O'Malley (just as Erhlich did) will spend more than 40 hours a week performing the tasks of governor. There's nothing wrong with him taking a few days to travel to Ireland. Now, go back to journalism (or middle) school and study hard.

Posted by: Biparty | April 4, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Biparty-

This does in fact leave one to wonder what kind of influence peddling is going on here. Regardless of who's paying, rule number one for any public official is that they must be able to recognize the two types of conflicts of interests-real and perceived. One can be as bad as the other. Either O'Malley isn't smart enough to recognize it or doesn't care because the Democratic majority would stand behind him if he declared Mao Tse-tung's birthday a public holiday.

Posted by: BG from PG | April 5, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if O'Malley will now retract his endorsement of Hillary now that Obama appears has stunned her by raising $25 million and appears headed for the Dem nomination. O'Malley also foolishly endorsed Howard Dean before his campaign ran aground in 2004. O'Malley certainly doesn't have a good track record in endorsing Presidential candidates. Doubt that there will be a place for O'Malley in President Obama's administration either.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley should get the Nobel Peace Prize for his attempt to bring peace to Ireland, he is remarkable, able to make historic progress as Governor of Maryland and bring peace to other nations.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Historic progress to Maryland? Oh yeah, diverting tax dollars to aid illegal immigrants and securing voting rights for felons, the most reliable Democrat voting bloc since the dead folks in Baltimore!

Posted by: Rufus | April 5, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Why is O'Malley going to Ireland just 2 months into his term as Gov, aren't there more pressing matters to work on in MD, can't this wait???? I mean it's not like the Ireland problem is going to be solved overnight, it's been going on forever.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

biparty - I know he was invited. Tom DeLay was invited by Jack Abramoff to play golf at St Andrews, an international trip that wasn't taxpayer funded and to the same region of the world as the O'Malley trip. Would you argue that DeLay's trip was ok? At the time, all we knew about Abramoff was that he represented native american groups - certainly unobjectionable in and of itself.

That's all I'm asking, is why isn't anyone digging any deeper into this story - who is paying for it, what connections do those people have to MD government (because there seems to be no good reason whatsoever for the Governor of Maryland to discuss international peace process in Ireland on the dime of some special interests). Is it a one day over and back for the speech or is it an all expense paid get away vacation for his whole family and staff and all he has to do is make a 15 or 30 minute speech? Does he have other official duties there?

I have no doubt that the Governor works well over 40 hours a week and he certainly deserves a vacation from time to time and certainly one of the perks of being in elected office - esp. as Governor - is that you get invited to make perfectly legitimate trips to some interesting and fun destinations and are allowed some personal time while you're there - that's not the question. the question is who is paying for all of this and why and is it truly a legitimate trip or is it a giveaway from some special interest that has official business they hope to influence.

Posted by: journalist by night | April 6, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Don't you get it, this is the start of O'Malley's campaign and fundraising for the White House in 2012. He's on his way.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe O'Malley should get Maryland's budget straight and ensure that the people whom elected him don't get the raw end of his mishandling of money before he trots off to Ireland.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley is a true Godsend to the people of Maryland, we are so very very fortunate to have such a remarkable and extraordiary leader, did you read the Baltimore Sun article last week about the way O'Malley conducts his staff meetings, truly truly remarkable. He has already brought historic progress to Maryland in the last 2 months as he himself has acknowledged.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I love it when O'Malley betrays his own people by running of to Ireland in the middle of a budget CRISIS in Maryland where Speaker Miller has called for an emergency session. Kinda fits a pattern with O'Malley like playing in a band while Baltimore had one of the highest murder rates in the USA under his watch. He only cares about himself not the people of Maryland.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I heard O'Malley on WTOP radio last week and just 2 months into his 1st term in office he didn't promise to finish out his term as MD Gov if Hillary or Obama offered him Vice-President, that shows you right there that he doesn't give an iota about MD.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Phyllis, I assume the Post will be sending a reporter to Ireland to cover Governor O'Malley's speech. If not, can you please explain why not?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I am embarassed to say that the crappy Baltimore Sun has actually written a much better, more informative article on this trip than the Post, which I typically consider a world class newspaper.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-md.omalley13apr13,0,2235457.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

To be fair, they are about 4 days behind the Post on reporting it though, so it hardly qualifies as "news" any more, but that's why the Sun is a joke among its readers.

The Post should take note though when the Sun gets much better facts and information for its stories.

Time to step it up a bit guys (and girl).

Posted by: journalist by night | April 13, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

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