Sunday 4 December 2016

Taoiseach claims Trump hopes to visit Ireland

Published 23/11/2016 | 16:25

Enda Kenny spoke to US President-elect Donald Trump by telephone for 10 minutes
Enda Kenny spoke to US President-elect Donald Trump by telephone for 10 minutes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that US president-elect Donald Trump said he wants to visit Ireland.

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Mr Kenny said that Mr Trump himself expressed a wish to visit Ireland after he’s sworn into office.

The Taoiseach previously outlined how the Republican president-elect had confirmed in a ten-minute phone call that he will continue the tradition of the White House St Patrick’s Day reception.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon Mr Kenny said of Mr Trump:

“He actually said himself he’d hope to visit Ireland sometime so let’s see when the administration takes up office what his schedule might be.”

Mr Kenny said he had no indication that this will happen at an early date.

Earlier, Mr Kenny confirmed that he is to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican on Monday.

He will tell the Pontiff of his support for the Irish Catholic bishops' invitation for Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families which is to be held in Dublin.

The Taoiseach and Pope Francis are also expected to discuss the European Union and migration among other topics.

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