Between a shamrock and a hard place

Ireland’s relationship with the US transcends the personalities and policies of their respective leaders

19th March, 2017
US president Donald Trump receives the traditional bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Getty

‘Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” Abraham Lincoln once asked when he was accused of cosying up to some rather unsavoury characters from the Confederate end of the country.

In Washington last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was faced with a similar dilemma. Is it better to win friends and influence people with a clump of shamrock or poke them in the eye with a big green stick?...

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