Fine Gael TD for Clare and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade, Pat Breen, has today (Friday) welcomed the appointment of Kevin F O’Malley as the United States Ambassador to Ireland after the US Senate voted to appoint him to the role.
“I send a warm welcome to Ambassador O’Malley and wish him well in his new role. I was honoured to be present in the US Senate Chamber when the Majority Whip proposed the appointment of Mr O’Malley and the nomination was passed unanimously.
“I understand that Ambassador O’Malley displayed a superb knowledge of Ireland when he appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July. He is a keen follower of Irish issues and has an excellent knowledge about the Irish economy and the Northern Ireland peace process which are the two main issues he will deal with in his new role.
“Ambassador O’Malley has a strong Irish heritage and a deep affiliation with our country. His grandparents emigrated from Westport, County Mayo to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century and he has visited Ireland on numerous occasions to explore his heritage.
“Ambassador O’Malley has a deep understanding of the bond between the people of Ireland and the people of the United States. The appointment will bring to an end the longest period that the US has been without an ambassador in Ireland since formal diplomatic relations between the two countries commenced 90 years ago.”