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George Bush and Irish Prime Minister attend reception at White House to commemorate St. Patrick\’s day

George Bush and Irish Prime Minister attend reception at White House to commemorate St. Patrick’s day

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Bertie Ahern, the Prime Minister of Ireland visited the White House Monday to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. Mr. Ahern makes this visit annually, for what he calls a “very substantial and useful meeting.” Mr. Ahern started his speech by saying “Mr. President and Mrs. Bush, thank you for the welcome and honor which you’ve extended to our delegation, and to all the Irish guests, from North and from South, who are here at the White House this morning to mark St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s National Day. I’m very grateful, Mr. President, for the opportunity which we have just had to hold a very substantial and useful meeting with you in the Oval Office. We appreciate it, and we appreciate the amount of time that you’ve given to us.”

Mr. Bush commented on the relationship between the US and Ireland, saying that “we’ve [the US and Ireland have] had a long relationship, Taoiseach. Our history has been one where the United States and Ireland have made liberty our common cause, and both of our nations are richer for it. Our partnership is based upon principles, and it’s also based upon people. Ireland founded itself — found itself in the grip of poverty and famine in the 19th century, and millions of Irish came here to our soil. They were drawn here by a promise that success would be attainable to all those who were willing to work hard. And that’s certainly what happened.”

George Bush and Bertie Ahern at the meeting

“And that’s what we celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day. Our countries are more than just partners, we are family, Taoiseach. And today more than 35 million Americans claim Irish ancestry. America is richer for every Murphy, Kelly, and O’Sullivan. I should have said McCain — Well, I just did. After all, this history together, the United States and the Republic of Ireland continue to stand side by side in firm friendship. We were friends in the past, we’re friends today, and, Taoiseach, I am confident, after my time in office, the next President will be friends with Ireland. We are cooperating to build prosperous economies and vibrant trade and sound investment between our countries,” continued Mr. Bush. The mentions of McCain in this article were both followed by laughter and applause from the audience.

Mr. Ahern also commented on the resolution to the conflicts that had been troubling Ireland for many years. He said that “we [the people of Ireland] are all glad to say, and enormously pleased and proud to stand here and say that we’ve achieved peace in Ireland. It’s a peace that I firmly believe will endure to future generations.”


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March 18, 2008

St. Patrick\’s Day around the world

St. Patrick’s Day around the world – Wikinews, the free news source

St. Patrick’s Day around the world

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Chicago River dyed green for St Patrick’s Day 2005
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Monday marked St. Patrick’s Day, a national holiday in Ireland and a cause for celebration in many other nations.

Australia’s Irish pubs were expected to do booming business, while Sydney hosted one of the world’s many St. Patrick’s Day parades on Sunday.

In the United States, Chicago’s main river was coloured green on Saturday.

A memorial to the Flight of the Earls was dedicated at Andermatt, Switzerland to mark the day. Early in the 17th Century, the last of the Gaelic Earls fled Ireland for Spain, travelling through Andermatt during their journey.

St. Patrick’s Day parades are conducted in many regions of Japan. The Tokyo parade began in 1992, with this year’s edition held on Sunday in the city’s Omotesandō neighbourhood. Elsewhere in Asia, Singapore also held a St. Patrick’s Day parade, this year connected with the 140th anniverary of the introduction of Guinness beer to that nation.

Finally from Ireland itself, nearly all of that nation’s cabinet ministers will be in various nations for promotional visits. Prime Minister Bertie Ahern was in Washington to present a bowl of shamrocks to United States President George W. Bush, among other activities.



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