Saturday 21 April 2018

We're in a precarious position, so Enda's meeting with Donald will take chutzpah and courage

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet US President Donald Trump for St Patrick’s Day. Photo: Photocall Ireland
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet US President Donald Trump for St Patrick’s Day. Photo: Photocall Ireland
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Having finally calmed down after the histrionics surrounding attendance numbers at his master's inauguration, this week Sean Spicer, US President Donald Trump's press secretary, had more happy tidings to bestow.

Scary Spice revealed with glee to a rather underwhelmed White House press corps that Mr Trump would make good on his promise to invite Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Oval Office for St Patrick's Day. Yippee, Enda shall go to the ball!

The significant gesture may not have exactly set pulses racing in Washington - but it will have resulted in a collective sigh of relief in Merrion Street. This year, the invite is tinged with relief and slight trepidation. It is like receiving the annual invitation to a family Christmas dinner - you don't necessarily want to go for fear of a barney, but you would be desperately embarrassed and deeply insulted if you weren't asked to attend.

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