Irishman steps down from White House post
Published 12/05/2011 | 05:00
THE Irishman who advised Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign has resigned from his position in the White House, writes Eimear Ni Bhraonain.
Declan Kelly stepped down from his role as US Economic Envoy in Northern Ireland.
The 42-year-old from Portroe, Co Tipperary, was asked by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to fill the post almost two years ago.
In that time, he worked alongside the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly and Invest NI -- creating hundreds of new jobs.
Northern politicians are concerned as the White House has given no indications of a replacement for Declan Kelly.
The position of special envoy, first created by Bill Clinton in 1995, did not exist during George W Bush's years in office but resumed in 2009.
It's not yet known what former journalist and PR consultant, Mr Kelly's next move is, but his resignation comes just ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama to Ireland.
Ms Clinton paid tribute to Mr Kelly in a White House statement yesterday for his "considerable talents and entrepreneurial drive" which helped the North to grow.