Sunday 23 April 2017

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

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
John Downing

John Downing

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

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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