Saturday 24 June 2017

Village residents not happy at Pence invite

Vice-president-elect Pence. Photo: Reuters
Vice-president-elect Pence. Photo: Reuters

Greg Harkin

Residents of the townland from where the grandfather of the US vice-president-elect emigrated have criticised plans to invite him to Ireland.

Mike Pence's grandfather was Richard Cawley, who left Ireland in 1923 for Chicago, where he became a bus driver.

The Chamber of Commerce in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, has written to Mr Pence inviting him to the town.

But local people in the townland of Doocastle, 6km away - and actually in Co Mayo - have hit out at the plan.

"I can tell you we are ashamed of him," said Kevin Donoghue, who is from Doocastle and is a former president of the Union of Students in Ireland.

"As a native of Mike Pence's ancestral home, I want to make it unequivocally clear that I am far from delighted at his election and he is most definitely not welcome to visit the fine community that Doocastle has become in his absence.

"The many scandalous stories that have emerged about Donald Trump in recent weeks have overshadowed the kind of politician that his running mate is."

Mr Donoghue said Mr Pence had tried to use public funds for gay conversion therapy, and supported the arrest of illegal immigrants in hospitals.

Irish Independent

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