TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has been invited to the White House next March to take part in the traditional St Patrick’s Day Shamrock ceremony, following a ten minute phone call with President-elect Donald Trump last night.
The annual ceremony, which has its roots in the 1950s, but evolved into a broader celebration of Irish-American relations under the Bill Clinton presidency, offers Ireland annual access to US top officials. High level trade talks usually take place during the visit, each March.
Donald Trump was criticised by figures from across the Irish political establishment during his campaign for the White House, with Kenny calling some of his comments “racist and dangerous” and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin asserting the businessman had given an “appalling example for how the free world should speak and articulate”.
This morning we’re asking: Should the Taoiseach meet Donald Trump in Washington on St Patrick’s Day?