Man who Saved NY from Bankruptcy Dies

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Hugh Carey, the man widely reputed to have saved New York City from bankruptcy in 1975 after he was elected Governor of New York state, had died at the age of 92. Carey, an Irish American, was also known for his stand against the war waged by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in the ‘70s. Together with 3 other prominent politicians, speaker Tip O’Neill, and senators Ted Kennedy and Daniel Moynihan who were known as the ‘Four Horsemen’, Carey sought a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland.

In 1977, the Four Horsemen issued a statement on St Patrick’s Day denouncing the violence in Northern Ireland and appealing to the IRA to “renounce their campaigns of death and destruction” and to American organizations to stop supporting them. This statement proved pivotal in curbing aid to the IRA from Irish Americans.

Later when Carey visited Dublin, he made a ferocious attack against the IRA in a speech titled, ‘The Politics of Death’ at the Royal College of Surgeons, labeling them killers and Marxists. In view of the campaign launched by the Four Horsemen, President Carter made the move of promising more American aid to Northern Ireland if a peaceful solution to the conflict could be found.

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