Why Irish Premier’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Trump is seen as crucial

Why Irish Premier’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Trump is seen as crucial
Why Irish Premier’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Trump is seen as crucial

"At the same time, we are one of 27 European Union countries, we will negotiate as a part of the European Union. Ireland's place is at the heart of Europe - we in the Fine Gael party are adamant about that," he clarified, leaving no doubt as to which side Ireland would stand on should the negotiations become - as Kenny himself recently warned - "quite vicious".

Addressing recent polls that show a surge in popularity for the leading opposition party, Fianna Fail, Heydon sounded a measured note.

"Polls are a snapshot in time…When you're in government you don't expect to be popular all the time. We are very confident that we have a huge pool of talent within our party," he began.

"While the polls show Fianna Fail are in front, that's only an issue if there's an election and there's no election on the horizon," the chairman added.

Kenny's impressive performance on Wednesday evening has, by all appearances, successfully secured a mood of calm and stability within the party from now until late March.

All bets seem to be off, however, as to what will unfold once the prime minister returns from his trip to the White House.

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