Saturday 1 October 2016

Enda Kenny tells Irish embassy in Washington: 'Bejaysus, I wish I didn't have to go back and face what I have to face'

Published 15/03/2016 | 23:21

President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden, and Enda Kenny with his wife Fionnuala Kenny, hold up a bowl of shamrocks during a reception in honor of St. Patrick's Day in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden, and Enda Kenny with his wife Fionnuala Kenny, hold up a bowl of shamrocks during a reception in honor of St. Patrick's Day in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has joked he does not want to return to Ireland to face a fresh round of government formation talks after an enjoyable State visit to Washington.

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Speaking at an event organised by the Irish Embassy in Washington, Mr Kenny listed off the events he attend today as part of his St Patrick's Day visit.

This included breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden who told Mr Kenny he would get 80pc of the vote if he ran in America, and lunch with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill.

Mr Kenny joked that his day in Washington had "gone very well" before adding: "Bejaysus, I wish I didn't have to go back and face what I have to face but c'est le vie".

Mr Kenny also joked that Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, who was also at the event, and he were "like minded" politicians.

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