Thursday 23 November 2017

Enda Kenny meets Canadian Prime Minister, but the world leader's choice of outfit sparks debate

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal

Niall O'Connor and Catherine Devine

Taoiseach Enda Kenny met with the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today in Canada to talk about Irish emigration.

The Canadian world leader looked the part in his suit and red tie, but his odd and colourful socks soon sparked debate.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal

Mr Trudeau was seen wearing two un-matching socks that reflected his love for Star Wars.

An official confirmed that the Prime Minster's colourful socks symbolise the two Star Wars robots, R2D2 and C3PO.

The prime minister's fashion choice coincided with the date May 4th, known as 'May The Fourth Be With You' by Star Wars fans.

The odd socks even made it to the Twitter machine, with one person commenting; "I very much doubt that this is a homage by Trudeau to Garret FitzGerald, the well-meaning but distrait premier famous for wearing odd socks."

The socks symbolise Star Wars robots, R2D2 and C3PO.
The socks symbolise Star Wars robots, R2D2 and C3PO.

While another wrote; "Massive respect to Trudeau for wearing Star War socks when he met with Enda Kenny."

Mr Trudeau himself joined the debate online, posting an image of his socks and writing; "These are the socks you’re looking for. #MayTheFourthBeWithYou#GuerreDesÉtoiles."

Ahead of a meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister in Montreal, Mr Kenny said the Irish story of emigration is “intrinsic” in the development of Canada. He said it is “extraordinary” that 15 per cent of Canadians have Irish roots.

“Whether it’s Australia or New Zealand, Canada, Africa, US or Europe or South America or wherever - the Irish are there. For reasons of travel, of adventure, of forced economic immigration, of deprivation, of oppression, of hunger or whatever,” Mr Kenny said.

“There’s a real story to tell. And Canada is an essential part of that story. Since they came here in 1600 first. Some changed their name to French sounding names, so they wouldn’t be recognised by the British as being Irish. In any event, they’re still here,” he added.

It’s widely anticipated that the trip will be Mr Kenny’s last foreign engagement as Taoiseach.

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