Kenny raises undocumented Irish with Boehner
Published 03/07/2015 | 02:30
The plight of the undocumented Irish in the US and Ireland's economic recovery were among key topics discussed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner.
Mr Kenny welcomed the 65-year-old for "informal talks" at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park yesterday.
He also thanked Mr Boehner for the support shown by the US in the wake of the Berkeley balcony tragedy, in which six Irish students died.
Mr Boehner described the Irish as America's "oldest and dearest friends".
"I'm looking forward to my visit here to Ireland. We care about this country," he said.
"On behalf of the US Congress, I'd like to express my condolences to the Irish people for the loss of your young ones in California.
"It's been impressive how the Irish have pulled together like a family to deal with the significant loss."
Seven other members of the US Congress have accompanied Mr Boehner on his visit here, ahead of US Independence Day tomorrow.
The delegation will meet representatives of Irish and US companies during their trip, while Mr Boehner will also hold official meetings with a number of ministers.
During the meeting in Dublin, the political impasse in Northern Ireland and strengthening Irish-US ties were also discussed.
"We chatted about the connections between Ireland and the United States, from their historic importance, and the journey that lies ahead of us," said Mr Kenny.
The US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley, also attended the event. Mr Kenny credited Mr O'Malley for his work in "building the links" between Ireland and the US.