Tuesday 23 January 2018

Irish honour for Pence prompts resignation

US Vice President Mike Pence (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US Vice President Mike Pence (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Well-known journalist Patricia Danaher has resigned from a regional board of The Ireland Funds in protest at the group's decision to honour US Vice President Mike Pence.

The philanthropic network, which backs Irish-related causes around the world, will host a Washington dinner in honour of Mr Pence next Wednesday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is set to be among the attendees at the event.

However, Ms Danaher has described the move as "an appalling error of judgement".

She described Mr Pence as the vice-president of "the most hateful, divisive and destructive administration".

In response, the president and CEO of The Ireland Funds, Kieran McLoughlin, told the Irish Independent it honours the highest ranking Irish- American in the US government every year.

"Over the past 25 years this has included a sitting president, two vice presidents, four speakers of the House and 25 senators and members of Congress," he said.

Past honourees include Ted Kennedy, John McCain, Tim Kaine and George Mitchell.

"The purpose as always is to gather in an non-partisan environment to celebrate Irish-American relations and to advance the case for Ireland," Mr McLoughlin said. More than $500,000 (€468,000) will be raised at the dinner.

Irish Independent

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