Monday, March 26, 2012

It's always a good day to be Irish...get your passport ready!

The Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny & The Ambassador of Ireland, Michael Collins

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will announce Tuesday a date for Ireland’s referendum on the European Union fiscal treaty.

At a recent St. Patrick's Day celebration in Washington he was enthusiastically introduced by Amb. Michael Collins. 

“Everyday is a good day to celebrate Ireland,” said Collins.  “He’s a man with a big mandate, he’s a man with a big mission and he’s a man with a very big message.  He’s a proud Irish man, he’s a man full of energy, full of enthusiasm and full of purpose.”

And he wants YOU.  “Ireland is on the way back,” said Mr. Kenny.  "I’d like to say it’s a privilege to be able to go to The White House today, sit in the Oval Office with President Obama to discuss with him the development and the changes that we’ve made in Ireland in the last 12 months -  to talk about Europe and it’s place in the world, the changes that we have to make in The European Union, so it can grow and flourish in a global economy.  We have a relationship between Ireland and The United States, which is absolutely elite."

President Barack Obama meets with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland in the Oval Office, March 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"I’ve never seen the relationship between Ireland and the United States so strong, or at a higher level than it is now." he emphasized.  "Business, politics, commerce, and economics, sports, in arts, in literature, in culture, in all of these areas, Ireland and The United States are in the extremely good position than it has been for generations and will be for the future."  

"President Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle came to visit us in Ireland briefly.  All the secret service people were there and they said, "you can only shake hands with three people outside the door."

"He (Obama) was on the street for an hour and a half shaking hands.  And the infectious enthusiasm of those people in welcoming the American president and his lovely wife to Ireland sent out that message of what it is to be engaged with an Irish personality.  Because we’re curious, we’re inquisitive, we’re gregarious, we like to welcome people into our homes because we know, over the centuries what it’s like to be a stranger in another person’s land."

Get your passport ready!