Friday 20 January 2017

DC's finest take no chances with Citizen No. Enda

Published 15/03/2014 | 02:30

President Obama walks with, from left, House Speaker John Boehner, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Rep. Peter King, on Capitol Hill. Photo: AP
President Obama walks with, from left, House Speaker John Boehner, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Rep. Peter King, on Capitol Hill. Photo: AP

TO say that the Americans are diligent in the task of guarding our Taoiseach is a serious understatement. Enda may be used to strolling along Merrion Square from his digs to the office every morning in the company of no more than a couple of detectives, but in the US it's a different matter entirely.

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While in DC this week, he travelled with full sirens, bells and whistles, minded by a detail of about 16 official minders. And at the head of this posse is the tall personage of the only Irish-born cop in Washington DC's 4,500-strong force, Roscrea man Mark Kirwan.

And when not making sure that noone gets thick with our various Taoisigh, Mark is also the proprietor of Samuel Beckett's public house in the Washington suburb of Arlington. And, by coincidence, his hostelry will be hosting the Taoiseach and his entourage this morning to cheer on BOD and the lads in Paris.

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