A battle has begun brewing over who will host next year’s Saint Patrick ’s Day breakfast in South Boston.

It’s usually hosted by the sitting senator for the first Suffolk district, which has been an Irish-American man from South Boston since the 1940s.

But, Linda Dorcena Forry, an African American woman from Dorchester now holds that seat.

City Councilor Bill Linehan hosted it last year after Senator Jack Hart resigned to take a job in the private sector.

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