Saturday 22 July 2017

Taoiseach in 'warm conversation' with US vice president-elect

US vice president-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York for a briefing yesterday Photo: Reuters
US vice president-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York for a briefing yesterday Photo: Reuters

Rory Tevlin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny raised the issue of the undocumented Irish in the US during a phone call with Vice-president elect Mike Pence, it has emerged.

In a 15-minute conversation between the pair last night, Mr Kenny congratulated Donald Trump's running mate on his electoral success and spoke of working together.

Mr Pence has strong links to Ireland, with ancestral ties to Tubbercurry in Co Sligo and Doonbeg, Co Clare where Mr Trump owns his golf course.

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach said Mr Kenny and Mr Pence shared a "warm conversation".

The spokesperson said: "The Taoiseach began by congratulating the vice president-elect on his recent electoral success.

"The Taoiseach also expressed his intention to engage positively with the new administration on a number of issues to the mutual benefit of Ireland and the US.

"Taoiseach Enda Kenny also raised the issue of the undocumented Irish in the US and expressed his determination to work with the president and vice president-elect in seeking a solution to the issue.

"Both men spoke of vice president-elect Pence's strong Irish heritage and the Taoiseach expressed the wish that the vice president-elect might visit here again sometime in the future.

"Vice president-elect Pence expressed an in-depth understanding of Irish and Irish/American issues during a warm conversation that lasted 15 minutes."

Irish Independent

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