Monday 1 May 2017

Outgoing US ambassador sees a bright future here

Kevin O’Malley, US ambassador to Ireland, with ‘Morning Ireland’ presenter Rachael English at the IUSA annual congress at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kevin O’Malley, US ambassador to Ireland, with ‘Morning Ireland’ presenter Rachael English at the IUSA annual congress at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Alan O'Keeffe

US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley spoke of his confidence in the future of Ireland and its young people in his farewell speech last night.

The ambassador's tenure comes to an end with the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president this week.

Mr O'Malley praised the legacy of his friend Barack Obama, who had kept faith with the people who voted for him "despite great odds and opposition".

The ambassador was speaking in Dublin at the annual conference of the Ireland United States Alumni Association, which promotes strong Irish-US social, economic and cultural relations.

Those who also addressed the seminar included former Irish diplomat Tim O'Connor and John McGrane, of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Mr O'Malley said young Irish people have demonstrated their ability to adapt, take risks, and to understand that "failure is just a step along the road to success". The 69-year-old said he was inspired by the ongoing success of the Creative Minds series which brings leaders in the arts, technology, and enterprise from the US to advise talented young people in Ireland.

He said he will return to his legal work in St Louis but he will stay active on Irish-American issues.

Irish Independent

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