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Enda Kenny of Ireland visits a memorial in Copley Square near the finish line of the Boston Marathon to lay flowers with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in Boston

Enda Kenny of Ireland visits a memorial in Copley Square near the finish line of the Boston Marathon to lay flowers with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in Boston

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Enda Kenny of Ireland visits a memorial in Copley Square near the finish line of the Boston Marathon to lay flowers with Boston Police Commissioner

Enda Kenny of Ireland visits a memorial in Copley Square near the finish line of the Boston Marathon to lay flowers with Boston Police Commissioner

REUTERS

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Enda Kenny of Ireland visits a memorial in Copley Square near the finish line of the Boston Marathon to lay flowers with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in Boston

Taoiseach Enda Kenny today addressed Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley's public boycott of his commencement speech at Boston College tomorrow morning.

Mr Kenny was invited by the revered institution to give the commencement address at their graduation ceremony tomorrow morning, however Cardinal O'Malley has publicly stated his upset due to the Taoiseach's support of the proposed Protection of Life in Pregnancy bill.

"Boston College issued these invitations and people are entitled to accept or not to accept. I think the focus here should be on those who are graduating...the importance of leadership and the traditional connections between the United States and Ireland. I regard it as a unique privilege to be asked to give the address."

In a statement, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said abortion was “a crime against humanity” and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked Catholic institutions not to honour those who promote it.

However, Mr Kenny today spoke of his honour at being chosen to speak. "To speak at the commencement address is an extraordinary privilege," he said. "This is the 150th anniversary of Boston College. President Kennedy, as a Senator, gave the commencement address 50 years ago."

An Taoiseach made the comments after visiting the temporary memorial site of the Boston marathon bombings in Copley Square, alongside Boston police commissioner Sean Davis. He laid flowers, appropriately in the colour scheme of green, white and orange, along with a note expressing the sympathies of the people of Ireland.

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