Notebook: A look at the week that was
Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30
As the Taoiseach defended his invitation to Vice President-elect Mike Pence to visit Ireland, the homeland of his grandfather who had emigrated to the US from Co Sligo, I reflected on my own homeland.
I'm proud to now call Ireland my home, but I was born in Indiana, the state in which Pence was serving as governor when Donald Trump tapped him as running mate.
Before he was governor, Pence was a congressman for Indiana's 6th district where I grew up. And after I grew up, and before I worked for CNN, I moved to Washington and worked for an Indiana congressman, but it wasn't Pence. It was Democrat Jim Jontz, from the nearby 5th district. He lost his seat to a Gulf War veteran who ran as a Republican.