Obama invited to join in 'JFK 50th' party

HOPES OF VISIT DURING G8 TRIP

ELAINE FURLONG

Published 11/12/2012 | 14:46

AN INVITATION to US President Barack Obama to visit New Ross next year is to be extended in the coming weeks through the American Embassy.

New Ross Town Council were hoping to meet with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton while she was in Ireland this week to suggest the possibility of inviting President Barack Obama to New Ross and to ask for her help with their endeavours, however, her packed schedule did not allow for such a meeting.

According to Cllr. Michael Sheehan, the Chairperson of the JFK50 commemorations, the best way for the invitation to the US President to proceed is through the American Embassy in Dublin. This is to be recommended to Town Council members next week.

'I am anxious to officially extend the invitation as quickly as possible,' said Cllr. Sheehan.

President Obama is being invited to New Ross as part of the town's celebrations next year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the visit of President John F. Kennedy to New Ross.

It is hoped he will be able to visit the ancestral hometown of JFK while he is in Ireland for the G8 summit in Co. Fermanagh.

'I know they are already working on the G8 Summit in June so we need to get in there quickly with our invite,' added Cllr. Sheehan, who is 'optimistic' of the chances of the President visiting New Ross.

'We won't leave any stone unturned in trying,' he added.

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