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Conversation between Taoiseach and Vice President-Elect Pence

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US Vice President-Elect Pence spoke on the phone tonight and the Taoiseach began by congratulating the Vice President-Elect on his recent electoral success.

The Taoiseach also expressed his intention to engage positively with the new administration on a number of issues to the mutual benefit of Ireland and the U.S.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also raised the issue of the undocumented Irish in the U.S and expressed his determination to work with the President and Vice President-Elect in seeking a solution to the issue.

The Taoiseach also referred to the economic ties between the two countries, including the long standing and productive relationship Ireland has with many US companies, as well as the fact that there are 100,000 Americans employed in Irish companies across America.

Both men spoke of Vice President-Elect Pence's strong Irish heritage and the Taoiseach expressed the wish that the Vice President-Elect might visit here again sometime in the future.

Vice President-Elect Pence expressed an in-depth understanding of Irish and Irish/American issues during a warm conversation that lasted 15 minutes.