IAR History

The Irish American Republicans are a national organization, originally organized in 1868 and chartered in 1880, dedicated to promoting the principles of the Republican Party, building Republican support among the 45-million-strong Irish-American community, strengthening relations between Ireland and the United States, and supporting the cause of justice and peace in Northern Ireland.

Our members have been instrumental in electing Republicans to office who share our ideals, who support the Peace Process in Ireland and the interests of the Irish-American Community, and who have a real desire to win. Our targeted campaign teams, known as the "Wild Geese," have intervened decisively to win elections for Governor, Congress, Senate, and President of the United States.

From the election of President Ulysses Grant in 1868, to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, and George Bush in 2000, the Irish American Republicans have been a leading force in American political life.

The Irish American Republicans' Advisory Chairs include former Governor George Pataki (NY) and United States Senator John McCain (AZ), and our Board is comprised of Irish American leaders from across the business, political, media, and legal communities.

The Irish American Republicans are a national coalition of independent state chapters. We welcome you to join us, and become a part of what Sean Hannity has called "the GOP's Delta Force."