Breen congratulates President Obama on his re-election

November 7th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, has today (Wednesday) congratulated President Obama on his re-election as President of the United States.

“At a critical time in the global economy, I welcome the certainty of the result with the President winning both the electoral and popular vote. This conclusive victory gives President Obama a strong mandate to address the immense challenges he faces at home and abroad.

“President Obama has shown himself to be a friend of Ireland, stating during his visit here last year that this country inspires the biggest things and that Ireland punches above its weight. We have significant economic ties with the United States with American Foreign Direct Investment providing 100,000 valuable jobs in this country. The spin off from this investment is hugely important for the Irish economy in terms of jobs and tax revenue.

“Ireland has a very special relationship with the United States which has prospered during President Obama’s first term. I am certain that our excellent bilateral relations will continue to prosper during President Obama’s second term in office. Ireland will work closely with President Obama and the United States as Ireland assumes the Presidency of the European Union on 1st January 2013. One of the aims of the Irish Presidency is to strengthen the ties between Europe and the United States.

“The Irish Government will work closely with the new Congress across a wide range of issues including the problem of undocumented Irish in the United States.

“There are strong economic and cultural links between the United States and the Mid-West Region. Shannon Airport serves as a gateway between our two countries. The decision by US Airways and United Airlines to add routes from Philadelphia and Chicago to Shannon will enhance tourism and business ahead of The Gathering next year.

“I would like to extend my congratulations once again to President Obama on his re-election and wish him success during the next four years.”