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Statement by An Taoiseach on the election of Mr Donald J. Trump

 

On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I am pleased to offer our sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States.

Ireland and the United States have enjoyed a very close and warm relationship for many generations and I am confident that under his leadership our bilateral relations will continue to prosper.

Also, we think today of Hillary Clinton, a friend to Ireland who fought such a tough campaign.

We are all acutely conscious of the particular responsibility of the United States for leadership and engagement across the globe in our endeavours to address shared challenges. I look forward to working with the new administration in the time ahead in the cause of international peace and security.

I also intend to work closely with the new Administration and newly elected United States Congress to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, an issue that is so important to tens of thousands of Irish people who are making a major contribution to America.

I also want to congratulate the President-Elect’s running mate, Mr. Mike Pence, on his election as Vice-President.

The Vice President-elect is a proud Irish American who spent many summers in Ireland as a child.

The Government looks forward to working closely with our new colleagues in the White House. In the meantime, the Government will continue to engage actively and constructively with the administration of President Obama, until he completes his term on January 20th.