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Friday, May 27, 2011

Photos of President and Mrs. Obama in Ireland Online at US Embassy Site


The US Embassy in Dublin has great photos of the recent trip to Ireland by President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama.

To view the photos, click here.

US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney welcomed the Obamas on their arrival at Dublin Airport and accompanied them to Moneygall, County Offaly.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

White House Blog Captures Spirit of President Obama's Trip to Ireland


White House blogger Jesse Lee has captured the spirit of excitement and enthusiasm that greeted President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during their visit to Ireland on Monday, May 23, 2011.

You can read blog in its entirety.

To read President Obama's speech in Dublin at an outdoor rally attended by 60,000 people, click here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Obama's Speech in Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011

Remarks of President Obama at Irish Celebration in Dublin Ireland, Monday, May 21, 2011. For Full White House transcript, click here.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Hello, Dublin! Hello, Ireland! My name is Barack Obama -- of the Moneygall Obamas. And I've come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way.

Some wise Irish man or woman once said that broken Irish is better than clever English. So here goes: Tá áthas orm bheith in Éirinn -- I am happy to be in Ireland! I'm happy to be with so many á cairde.

I want to thank my extraordinary hosts -- first of all, Taoiseach Kenny -- -- his lovely wife, Fionnuala -- -- President McAleese and her husband, Martin -- -- for welcoming me earlier today. Thank you, Lord Mayor Gerry Breen and the Gardai for allowing me to crash this celebration.

Let me also express my condolences on the recent passing of former Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald -- -- someone who believed in the power of education, someone who believed in the potential of youth, most of all, someone who believed in the potential of peace and who lived to see that peace realized.

And most of all, thank you to the citizens of Dublin and the people of Ireland for the warm and generous hospitality you’ve shown me and Michelle. It certainly feels like 100,000 welcomes. We feel very much at home. I feel even more at home after that pint that I had. Feel even warmer.

In return let me offer the hearty greetings of tens of millions of Irish Americans who proudly trace their heritage to this small island. They say hello.

Now, I knew that I had some roots across the Atlantic, but until recently I could not unequivocally claim that I was one of those Irish Americans. But now if you believe the Corrigan Brothers, there’s no one more Irish than me.

So I want to thank the genealogists who traced my family tree.

It turns out that people take a lot of interest in you when you're running for President. They look into your past. They check out your place of birth. Things like that. Now, I do wish somebody had provided me all this evidence earlier because it would have come in handy back when I was first running in my hometown of Chicago -- -- because Chicago is the Irish capital of the Midwest. A city where it was once said you could stand on 79th Street and hear the brogue of every county in Ireland.

So naturally a politician like me craved a slot in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The problem was not many people knew me or could even pronounce my name. I told them it was a Gaelic name. They didn’t believe me.

So one year a few volunteers and I did make it into the parade, but we were literally the last marchers. After two hours, finally it was our turn. And while we rode the route and we smiled and we waved, the city workers were right behind us cleaning up the garbage. It was a little depressing. But I’ll bet those parade organizers are watching TV today and feeling kind of bad ---- because this is a pretty good parade right here.

Now, of course, an American doesn’t really require Irish blood to understand that ours is a proud, enduring, centuries-old relationship; that we are bound by history and friendship and shared values. And that’s why I’ve come here today, as an American President, to reaffirm those bonds of affection.

Earlier today Michelle and I visited Moneygall where we saw my ancestral home and dropped by the local pub. And we received a very warm welcome from all the people there, including my long-lost eighth cousin, Henry. Henry now is affectionately known as Henry VIII. And it was remarkable to see the small town where a young shoemaker named Falmouth Kearney, my great-great-great grandfather, my grandfather’s grandfather, lived his early life. And I was the shown the records from the parish recording his birth. And we saw the home where he lived.

And he left during the Great Hunger, as so many Irish did, to seek a new life in the New World. He traveled by ship to New York, where he entered himself into the records as a laborer. He married an American girl from Ohio. They settled in the Midwest. They started a family.

It’s a familiar story because it’s one lived and cherished by Americans of all backgrounds. It’s integral to our national identity. It’s who we are, a nation of immigrants from all around the world.

But standing there in Moneygall, I couldn’t help but think how heartbreaking it must have been for that great-great-great grandfather of mine, and so many others, to part. To watch Donegal coasts and Dingle cliffs recede. To leave behind all they knew in hopes that something better lay over the horizon.

When people like Falmouth boarded those ships, they often did so with no family, no friends, no money, nothing to sustain their journey but faith -- faith in the Almighty; faith in the idea of America; faith that it was a place where you could be prosperous, you could be free, you could think and talk and worship as you pleased, a place where you could make it if you tried.

And as they worked and struggled and sacrificed and sometimes experienced great discrimination, to build that better life for the next generation, they passed on that faith to their children and to their children’s children -- an inheritance that their great-great-great grandchildren like me still carry with them. We call it the America Dream.

It’s the dream that Falmouth Kearney was attracted to when he went to America. It’s the dream that drew my own father to America from a small village in Africa. It’s a dream that we’ve carried forward -- sometimes through stormy waters, sometimes at great cost -- for more than two centuries. And for my own sake, I’m grateful they made those journeys because if they hadn’t you’d be listening to somebody else speak right now.

And for America’s sake, we’re grateful so many others from this land took that chance, as well. After all, never has a nation so small inspired so much in another.

Irish signatures are on our founding documents. Irish blood was spilled on our battlefields. Irish sweat built our great cities. Our spirit is eternally refreshed by Irish story and Irish song; our public life by the humor and heart and dedication of servants with names like Kennedy and Reagan, O’Neill and Moynihan. So you could say there’s always been a little green behind the red, white and blue.

When the father of our country, George Washington, needed an army, it was the fierce fighting of your sons that caused the British official to lament, “We have lost America through the Irish.” And as George Washington said himself, “When our friendless standards were first unfurled, who were the strangers who first mustered around our staff? And when it reeled in the light, who more brilliantly sustained it than Erin’s generous sons?”

When we strove to blot out the stain of slavery and advance the rights of man, we found common cause with your struggles against oppression. Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and our great abolitionist, forged an unlikely friendship right here in Dublin with your great liberator, Daniel O’Connell. His time here, Frederick Douglass said, defined him not as a color but as a man. And it strengthened the non-violent campaign he would return home to wage.

Recently, some of their descendents met here in Dublin to commemorate and continue that friendship between Douglass and O’Connell.

When Abraham Lincoln struggled to preserve our young union, more than 100,000 Irish and Irish Americans joined the cause, with units like the Irish Brigade charging into battle -- green flags with gold harp waving alongside our star-spangled banner.

When depression gripped America, Ireland sent tens of thousands of packages of shamrocks to cheer up its countrymen, saying, “May the message of Erin shamrocks bring joy to those away.”

And when an Iron Curtain fell across this continent and our way of life was challenged, it was our first Irish President -- our first Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, who made us believe 50 years ago this week -- -- that mankind could do something big and bold and ambitious as walk on the moon. He made us dream again.

That is the story of America and Ireland. That’s the tale of our brawn and our blood, side by side, in making and remaking a nation, pulling it westward, pulling it skyward, moving it forward again and again and again. And that is our task again today.

I think we all realize that both of our nations have faced great trials in recent years, including recessions so severe that many of our people are still trying to fight their way out. And naturally our concern turns to our families, our friends and our neighbors. And some in this enormous audience are thinking about their own prospects and their own futures. Those of us who are parents wonder what it will mean for our children and young people like so many who are here today. Will you see the same progress we’ve seen since we were your age? Will you inherit futures as big and as bright as the ones that we inherited? Will your dreams remain alive in our time?

This nation has faced those questions before: When your land couldn’t feed those who tilled it; when the boats leaving these shores held some of your brightest minds; when brother fought against brother. Yours is a history frequently marked by the greatest of trials and the deepest of sorrow. But yours is also a history of proud and defiant endurance. Of a nation that kept alive the flame of knowledge in dark ages; that overcame occupation and outlived fallow fields; that triumphed over its Troubles –- of a resilient people who beat all the odds.

And, Ireland, as trying as these times are, I know our future is still as big and as bright as our children expect it to be. I know that because I know it is precisely in times like these –- in times of great challenge, in times of great change -– when we remember who we truly are. We’re people, the Irish and Americans, who never stop imagining a brighter future, even in bitter times. We’re people who make that future happen through hard work, and through sacrifice, through investing in those things that matter most, like family and community.

We remember, in the words made famous by one of your greatest poets that “in dreams begins responsibility.”

This is a nation that met that responsibility by choosing, like your ancestors did, to keep alight the flame of knowledge and invest in a world-class education for your young people. And today, Ireland’s youth, and those who’ve come back to build a new Ireland, are now among the best-educated, most entrepreneurial in the world. And I see those young people here today. And I know that Ireland will succeed.

This is a nation that met its responsibilities by choosing to apply the lessons of your own past to assume a heavier burden of responsibility on the world stage. And today, a people who once knew the pain of an empty stomach now feed those who hunger abroad. Ireland is working hand in hand with the United States to make sure that hungry mouths are fed around the world -- because we remember those times. We know what crippling poverty can be like, and we want to make sure we’re helping others.

You’re a people who modernized and can now stand up for those who can’t yet stand up for themselves. And this is a nation that met its responsibilities -– and inspired the entire world -– by choosing to see past the scars of violence and mistrust to forge a lasting peace on this island.

When President Clinton said on this very spot 15 years ago, waging peace is risky, I think those who were involved understood the risks they were taking. But you, the Irish people, persevered. And you cast your votes and you made your voices heard for that peace. And you responded heroically when it was challenged. And you did it because, as President McAleese has written, “For all the apparent intractability of our problems, the irrepressible human impulse to love kept nagging and nudging us towards reconciliation.”

Whenever peace is challenged, you will have to sustain that irrepressible impulse. And America will stand by you -- always. America will stand by you always in your pursuit of peace.

And, Ireland, you need to understand that you’ve already so surpassed the world’s highest hopes that what was notable about the Northern Ireland elections two weeks ago was that they came and went without much attention. It’s not because the world has forgotten. It’s because this once unlikely dream has become that most extraordinary thing of things: It has become real. A dream has turned to reality because of the work of this nation.

In dreams begin responsibility. And embracing that responsibility, working toward it, overcoming the cynics and the naysayers and those who say “you can’t” -- that’s what makes dreams real. That’s what Falmouth Kearney did when he got on that boat, and that’s what so many generations of Irish men and women have done here in this spectacular country. That is something we can point to and show our children, Irish and American alike. That is something we can teach them as they grow up together in a new century, side by side, as it has been since our beginnings.

This little country, that inspires the biggest things -- your best days are still ahead. Our greatest triumphs -- in America and Ireland alike -- are still to come. And, Ireland, if anyone ever says otherwise, if anybody ever tells you that your problems are too big, or your challenges are too great, that we can’t do something, that we shouldn’t even try -- think about all that we’ve done together. Remember that whatever hardships the winter may bring, springtime is always just around the corner. And if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed: Is féidir linn. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Is féidir linn.

For all you’ve contributed to the character of the United States of America and the spirit of the world, thank you. And may God bless the eternal friendship between our two great nations.

Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you, Dublin. Thank you, Ireland.

President Obama is Now Addressing Dublin Crowd


Check out the live feed from Dublin for President Barack Obama's Speech at College Green on RTE.ie, happening on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:50 (EST).

Remarks of President Obama and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin, May 23


Remarks at the Farmleigh House, Dublin Ireland, on Monday, May 23, 2011:

PRIME MINISTER KENNY: If everybody can hear. Obviously this is the first occasion in world history I think there is two bilaterals with an American President in the space of 67 minutes. But I want to welcome President Obama and the First Lady Michelle to Dublin on their way through to a state visit in England and further activities.

I can say that the Irish people have been waiting for this visit. Their excitement is palpable. And I trust that the President and his wife and party will enjoy their visit to Moneygall, home of his triple-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, when he goes down there today.

I’d like to say on this occasion here we’ve discussed a range of issues. I've explained to the President the seriousness of which Ireland and its new government -- thereby myself and the presence here of the Oireachtas -- are dealing with the issues that affect our country -- the banks and the economic situation and our seriousness of intent in dealing with our budget deficit; also in conjunction with the conditions of the IMF bailout, dealing with the situation there. And we expressed appreciation for the general support of America in that regard.

We discuss the question of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the new assembly, our relationship with that assembly in relation to the British government. We discussed the implications and the consequences of the Queen’s visit here, following on the President’s invitation, and the enormous impact that that made, together with the visit of the British Prime Minister during the course of that state visit.

We discussed the question of the President’s speech on immigration, which he made in El Paso, and the fact that the administration is continuing to work on that.

We discussed the relationship between Ireland and the States, the continuing importance of that, and I reiterated the no-change policy in respect of the use of Shannon in respect of American aircraft serving the U.N. resolutions passing through.

And we discussed a range of other issues relative to the country here and the fact that courage is necessary for leaders who take risks in the interests of solving the problems of their people and their countries.

I reiterated our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the American President for his visit here. And like all politicians, we have some unfinished business, and that is that the next time he comes back he’s going to bring his golf clubs. (Laughter.)

Thank you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much.

Well, first of all, let me just say how extraordinarily grateful I am to the Taoiseach, to the President of Ireland, for their extraordinary hospitality to myself and Michelle. It is heartwarming to be here -- and people even arranged for the sun to come out shortly after I arrived.

The friendship and the bond between the United States and Ireland could not be stronger. Obviously it is not just a matter of strategic interest, it’s not just a matter of foreign policy; for the United States, Ireland carries a blood link with us. And for the millions of Irish Americans, this continues to symbolize the homeland and the extraordinary traditions of an extraordinary people.

The Taoiseach and I have already had occasion to meet in Washington. It’s wonderful to be able to discuss with him again some of the important issues that he is working on. We’re glad to see that progress is being made in stabilizing the economic situation here. I know it’s a hard road, but it’s one that the Irish people are more than up to the task in achieving.

What I emphasized is that we want to continue to strengthen the bonds of trade and commerce between our two countries, and that we are rooting for Ireland’s success and we’ll do everything that we can to be helpful on the path to recovery.

We also wanted to express our extraordinary appreciation to Ireland for all the work that it does internationally. I mentioned that Ireland punches above its weight. It’s a small country, but the work it does on a range of issues -- in peacekeeping to the trainers in Afghanistan, to this work we’re doing together on food security, to its strong voice on human rights -- all that makes an enormous difference around the world. And the extraordinary relationship that we have with Ireland is also reflected in the work that it does in the EU, and so we’re grateful for that.

Finally I wanted to just express to the Irish people -- and I’ll have occasion to make some lengthier remarks later -- how inspired we have been by the progress that's been made in Northern Ireland, because it speaks to the possibilities of peace and people in longstanding struggles being able to re-imagine their relationships. To see Her Majesty the Queen of the England come here, and to see the mutual warmth and healing that I think took place as a consequence of that visit, to know that the former Taoiseach Fitzgerald was able to witness the Queen coming here, that sends a signal not just in England, not just here in Ireland, but around the world. It sends what Bobby Kennedy once called “a ripple of hope,” that may manifest itself in a whole range of ways.

And so, to all those who have been working tirelessly to bring about peace in Northern Ireland, to those who’ve been willing to take those risks, we are grateful to them. To your administration, which I know is carrying on that legacy and continues to invest in it, we appreciate it.

We are proud of the part that America played in helping to get both sides to talk and to provide a space for that conversation to take place, and we want you to know that we will continue to be there as that moves forward. And we’re confident that it, in fact, will.

So I am extraordinarily grateful to be here. To the Irish people, thank you for the wonderful welcome you’re providing my wife and myself.

PRIME MINISTER KENNY: Professor Padriac Whyt in Trinity College -- he’s a professor of children’s literature -- broached me some time ago -- in 1922, Padriac Colum was commissioned by the Hawaiian legislature to track down myths and legends of Hawaii and write them as children’s stories. He produced three volumes of children’s stories, which I presented -- and I had the honor of a first addition -- not to the President, not to the First Lady, but to his children, Malia and Sasha -- stories of their daddy’s birthplace. And I hope they enjoyed it.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, this is an extraordinary gift, and it just confirms that if you need somebody to do some good writing, you hire an Irishman. (Laughter.)

END
12:00 P.M. IST

RTE has live coverage of President Obama Arriving in Moneygall, Ireland

Dublin Airport, 9:29 a.m.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are arriving in Moneygall, County Offaly, this afternoon to visit the ancestral home of the president's maternal family.

You can view the visit live at RTE.ie.

Later this afternoon, the President and First Lady return to Dublin for an outdoor concert on College Green, featuring Imelda May, Sharon Shannon and other musicians.

For more details, visit the United States Embassy in Dublin for follow on Tweeter Obama_IrishUSA.

Video of President Obama in Ireland, Monday, May 23

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived this morning at Dublin Airport in Ireland, aboard Air Force One at 9:29 a.m. European time.

They were greeted by US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney and his wife Patricia, along with Ireland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore, T.D.




The Irish Times newspaper has a live blog of President Obama's Ireland visit.

For ongoing details, visit the US Embassy in Ireland.

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.

Dublin Holds Outdoor Concert for Barack and Michelle Obama at College Green on Monday, May 23


The US Embassy in Dublin has announced that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are taking part in a public event at College Green in Dublin on Monday, May 23, 2011.

President Obama will address the audience after an afternoon and evening of musical entertainment featuring Dublin rockabilly star Imelda May, traditional accordionist Sharon Shannon and others. Irish actor Gabriel Byrne is also attending.

Earlier that day, President and First Lady Obama are visiting Moneygall, County Offaly, home of the president's Irish ancestors who left there in 1850.

For more about President Obama's connections to the Irish-American community, visit IrishAmericansforObamaBiden.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Irish-American Leaders Briefed by White House Officials on President's Trip to Ireland


Irish American leaders from around the country were briefed via teleconference by White House officials in preparation for President Obama's trip to Ireland on Monday, May 23, 2001.

The briefing took place on Wednesday, May 18 and was conducted by Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor to the President, who said the Ireland leg of the trip would celebrate the relationship between the United States and Ireland.

McDonough outlined the itinerary of the trip, including President Obama's meetings with Ireland's President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, as well as a visit to Moneygall, County Offaly, the ancestral home of the president's maternal side of the family and other public occasions.

The trip, which includes Ireland as well as England, France and Poland, would serve as a chance for the President to highlight America's national heritage, while underscoring the diversity of the Unites States as a fundamental tenet of its strength, McDonough said.

The teleconference was organized by Kyle Lierman, Ethnic Outreach Liaison at the White House Office of Public Engagement.

For ongoing updates on President Obama's trip to Ireland, visit the web site of the US Embassy in Ireland and the White House Briefing Room.

White House Officials Give Press Briefing on President Obama's Trip to Europe, starting in Ireland



Senior White House officials held a press conference call today to discuss President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Europe the week of May 23, 2011.

You can read the full transcript of the Press Conference here.

Here are excerpts on the Ireland portion of the trip:

Ben Rhodes, White House Official:

Our first stop on the trip is Ireland, and one of the people who has heritage in Ireland in the United States is, of course, the President. We arrive in Dublin on Monday morning, and the first event will be a meeting between the President and the First Lady, with President McAleese and her husband as well, an important opportunity to discuss both bilateral issues with President McAleese and also to honor her extraordinary legacy of serving the people of Ireland and advancing peace in Northern Ireland as well.

After that, the President will meet with the Taoiseach -- again, this will be with the First Lady -- to discuss a range of bilateral issues. Then the President will travel to Moneygall, Ireland, which is the town in Ireland from which the President’s ancestors came. So this is a homecoming of sorts for President Obama. He’s very excited to see this small town in Ireland from which he has roots, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing some of the people of Moneygall and making a stop there.

After that, he’ll return to Dublin, where he’ll be able to deliver remarks at a public event about the ties between the United States and Ireland.

We spend the night in Dublin that night, and the next day, Tuesday, the 24th, travel to London.

Question: Good morning. My question is about Ireland. Does the President -- does he still have -- you said he has family there? Is he going to meet cousins or family?

Ben Rhodes: The President, researching his background, was able to trace his mother’s side of the family back to Ireland, and specifically to Moneygall. I believe that it is -- we could confirm this -- but I believe it’s a great-great-grandfather -- three greats.

So he has roots in Ireland and in Moneygall. Moneygall is a town of under 300 people in Ireland. It’s -- I’ve seen reports about the bloodlines that extend across the town and people who may be related to the President. So it’s certainly quite likely that in a town of that size that is so deeply rooted in that part of Ireland that there are people who share those ties. I couldn’t say with certainty who -- the nature of those relations, but we certainly expect it to be a robust topic of discussion with the residents of Moneygall when the President is able to stop by and pay a visit.

Question: Can you say a little bit more about the Dublin public speech? Is that going to be sort of more -- maybe more personal, or is it very Irish -- Irish-centric?

Ben Rhodes: The Dublin remarks I think will be very Irish-focused. And I think it’s a chance to talk about the relationship between our two countries. It’s also a chance to talk about the enormous affinity, frankly, that the American people have for Ireland that’s rooted in part in the huge population of Irish-Americans here. And it’s a chance for the President to really celebrate the ties between our countries and the kind of unique feelings that the American people have for Ireland, and hopefully that the Irish people have had with the United States for many years.



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

George Mitchell Praised by President Obama and Hillary Clinton


George Mitchell, who resigned this week as US Envoy to the Middle East, was praised for his service to the United States.

President Barack Obama said in a statement,

"Over the past two and a half years, George Mitchell has worked as a tireless advocate for peace as the U.S. Special Envoy for the Middle East. His deep commitment to resolving conflict and advancing democracy has contributed immeasurably to the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security.

"George told me when he took this job that he would put in a couple of years, and I’m so glad he did. He is – by any measure – one of the finest public servants that our nation has ever had. Even though he already had an extraordinary legacy – serving the people of Maine, leading the Senate, and bringing peace to Northern Ireland – he took on the toughest job imaginable and worked grueling hours to advance the interests of the United States and the cause of peace."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said,

"It has been an honor to work alongside Senator Mitchell over the past two years. He represents the best traditions of American diplomacy. Throughout George’s distinguished career he has taken on the hardest challenges with determination, talent and old fashioned Maine common sense. From the Senate to Northern Ireland to the State Department, his work has brought peace and increasing prosperity to millions of people around the world and made our own country stronger and more secure. "

Mitchell was the US Envoy to Northern Ireland during the Clinton Administration and helped broker the Irish Peace Agreement in 1998.

He was named to the Advisory Council on Irish Issues that Barack Obama put together in September 2008 when he was running for president.


The US-Ireland Alliance established the George J. Mitchell Scholarship in his honor to strengthen ties between future American leaders and Ireland.

Monday, May 16, 2011

President Obama Visiting Boston on Wednesday, May 18


President Barack Obama is coming to Boston on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 to kick off his Obama Victory Fund campaign for 2012

The President is appearing at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, at 539 Tremont Street in Boston's South End, at 3:00 p.m.

For more details, visit Obama for America website.

For President Obama's statements on Irish issues, visit IrishAmericansforObamaBiden.

President Barack Obama's Trip to Ireland


President Barack Obama is visiting Ireland for the first time and is scheduled to arrive in Dublin on Monday, May 23, 2011. He'll spend most of the day in Dublin but will also take a helicopter to Moneygall, County Offaly, to visit his ancestral home, according to the US Department of State.

When he announced the trip on March 17, 2011 at the White House, President Obama said,

"I intend to come to Ireland in May, and I’m expecting to go not only to all the famous sites, but also to go to Moneygall, where my great-great-great-great-great grandfather hails from. "

Although President Obama is only about 3.1 % Irish, people in Ireland have continuously called for the president to visit Ireland since he first became president.

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

For more about President Obama's connections to the Irish-American community, visit IrishAmericansforObamaBiden.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney's Statement on Death of Bin Laden


In reaction to the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, U.S. Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney said in a statement:

“I am proud and grateful for the President and all the men and women of intelligence and military communities for their constant demonstration of courage and bravery. Their actions this weekend have made the world a safer and more just place to live for all humanity.”

Provided by US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland.