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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Irish Echo Interview with Bill Daley, White House Official, on Obama Visit to Ireland

The Irish Echo Newspaper in New York City published an exclusive interview with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who talked about President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Ireland on Monday, May 23, 2011.

In the interview, conducted by reporter Susan Falvella Garraty, Daley is quoted as saying that "the heritage passed through (Obama's) grandfather is something he’s curious about."

Daley also indicated that President Obama will discuss policy issues with Ireland's government officials, such as immigration visas for the Irish, or the nation's low corporate tax.

The Echo quotes Daley as saying:

"Obviously the global economic crisis for the past two and half three years will be talked about and the difficulties in Ireland, what steps the Irish government have taken and what steps we have taken to come out of our crisis, but I think it’s going to be a very loose, comfortable conversation around the economic issues.”

Daley himself accompanied President Bill Clinton to Northern Ireland in 1995, and said:

“I am really looking forward to the response by the people of Ireland to our president. My parents would very proud to think that this president went back to Ireland and that I was working for him.”

For information on Irish-Americans for Obama/Biden, follow Obama_IrishUSA on tweeter.

For ongoing details on President Obama's Ireland trip, visit the US Embassy in Dublin site.

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