Sunday 23 July 2017

New PM has good relationship with Irish counterparts

Theresa May, then the UK’s Home Secretary, signing a common-travel area deal with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in 2014. May and Fitzgerald have met a number of times. Photo by Malcolm McNally
Theresa May, then the UK’s Home Secretary, signing a common-travel area deal with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in 2014. May and Fitzgerald have met a number of times. Photo by Malcolm McNally
John Downing

John Downing

It was at a charity function in the Irish Embassy in London last January that many journalists first learned of Theresa May's off-beat sense of humour.

The then Home Secretary was guest speaker at a function hosted by Ambassador Dan Mulhall to honour the Journalists' Charity, which covers Britain and Ireland. She noted that the charity had a residential facility for journalists who had fallen on hard times.

Ms May said MPs at the House of Commons shared the concept of sheltering distressed colleagues. "But we just call it the House of Lords," she quipped.

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