The Tánaiste this afternoon welcomed the Honourable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and a delegation of eight Congressional leaders to Dublin for their first official engagement of their two-day visit to Ireland.
Greeting the Speaker and delegation ahead of a lunch at Iveagh House, the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, T.D. said:
“Today is an important occasion at the start of a significant visit – an occasion to celebrate the deep and enduring US-Ireland ties of kinship and friendship, of culture and trade, of shared interests and shared values.
“I welcome Speaker Pelosi and her delegation as strong and steadfast friends of Ireland. I and my colleagues in Government deeply appreciate US Congressional support for peace on this island, and for the provisions and promise of the Good Friday Agreement. I know that we also share huge ambition for the future Ireland – US relationship, an ambition set out in the Government’s new Strategy for the US.
“I look forward to an exchange on Northern Ireland and North-South issues ahead of the delegation’s visit there later this week, and on all aspects of Ireland-US relations, including the vibrant economic and trading relationship between our two countries; people-to-people links and immigration; foreign policy issues; and on how Ireland can play a constructive role in strengthening the EU-US relationship into the future.”