U.S., Ireland Share History, Friendship

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 17, 2009
Secretary Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Martin at Press Conference

Today, Secretary Clinton met with Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin. Following their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:"I am delighted to welcome the foreign minister here today. I know this comes a little early, but, Minister Martin, I wish you and the people of Ireland and all people who are connected to the wonderful Irish history and traditions a very happy St. Patrick’s Day.

I had the great honor of representing a very large Irish American citizenry in New York for eight years, and I know well the contributions that Ireland and Irish Americans have made to the United States. They’re so numerous, they’re impossible to quantify. And indeed, we now have a President and a Vice President who trace some of their family roots back to Ireland.

So I am grateful that the foreign minister could join us here today ahead of the holiday tomorrow to acknowledge both the history and friendship that we share, but also the working relationship that we have enjoyed on a number of important issues that are really significant to both the people of Ireland and to Americans.

I told the foreign minister how much we appreciate that strong partnership. And we discussed and had a very productive meeting about a range of issues. Our countries share a vital economic relationship that has created tens of thousands of jobs in Ireland and the United States. We need to coordinate closely to preserve those benefits in the face of global economic challenges."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.



New Jersey, USA
March 16, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Hillary! I am sure the FM invited you to the good parties. Have a fun!

Connecticut, USA
March 17, 2009

Terry in Connecticut writes:

Happy St. Pats Day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

California, USA
March 17, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

SecState Hillary said,"I spent a lot of time in particular with women, Catholic and Protestant, who were working to build bridges in their own communities, to find common ground as mothers and wives, and to create conditions for peace from the ground up."

What a core & crucial idea in all these warring countries.

It might be useful to have a set of Irish women -- not politicians, but just folk -- go to the Middle East and have a conference with Palestinian and Israeli women about how they helped foster peace in Ireland. Not just one big meeting, but a week or a weekend with breakout sessions. It could help a lot.


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