Sunday 4 December 2016

Taoiseach Enda Kenny offers 'sincere congratulations' of Irish people to Donald Trump

Published 09/11/2016 | 10:34

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has offered the "sincere congratulations" of the Irish Government to Donald Trump.

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Despite previously describing the President-Elect as "dangerous and racist", Mr Kenny said that he is confident Ireland will maintain a 2very close and warm relationship" with the US.

He also paid tribute to defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, describing her as "a friend to Ireland who fought such a tough campaign".

Mr Kenny said Irish people are "acutely conscious of the particular responsibility of the United States for leadership and engagement across the globe in our endeavours to address shared challenges".

"I look forward to working with the new administration in the time ahead in the cause of international peace and security.

"I also intend to work closely with the new Administration and newly elected United States Congress to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, an issue that is so important to tens of thousands of Irish people who are making a major contribution to America," the Taoiseach said.

He also congratulated Vice President-elect  Mike Pence who "is a proud Irish American who spent many summers in Ireland as a child".

"The Government looks forward to working closely with our new colleagues in the White House. In the meantime, the Government will continue to engage actively and constructively with the administration of President Obama, until he completes his term on January 20," Mr Kenny said.

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