Relief among Irish as Biden refuses to be pushed on Northern protocol

While it was generally agreed that Micheál Martin and Simon Coveney had a successful trip to the US last week, British prime minister Boris Johnson’s erratic trade negotiations left many scratching their heads

Boris Johnson, British prime minister and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House (D-CA) walk together at the US Capitol. Picture: Getty

Relief is probably the word that best described the reactions of Irish diplomats in New York and Washington DC on Friday night as Micheál Martin, the Taoiseach, and Simon Coveney, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, returned home after five days of high-stakes diplomatic jockeying.

The UN General Assembly took place during Ireland’s presidency of the Security Council, affording Martin a higher profile than is usually accorded to Ireland. A blizzard of bilateral meetings and economic ...