Wednesday 25 January 2017

St Patrick's Day invite is sign of hope and eggs put in the wrong basket

Published 11/11/2016 | 02:30

President Barack Obama receives the traditional bowl of shamrock. Donald Trump has invited the Taoiseach to the White House on St Patrick’s Day. Photo: Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos
President Barack Obama receives the traditional bowl of shamrock. Donald Trump has invited the Taoiseach to the White House on St Patrick’s Day. Photo: Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos

IT WAS a good and timely sign that President-elect Trump extended the St Patrick's Day invitation.

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The occasion is not about back-slapping 'Paddywhackery'. It is hard- won, valuable access to the most powerful political machine on the planet, and it reminds Washington of the still considerable Irish-origin community in the US.

The early call between President-elect Trump and the Taoiseach was of itself a positive sign.

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