|Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence visited Dublin, where he met with Ireland’s head of state, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. At the historic Farmleigh House, the two leaders underscored the unwavering strength of the American–Irish partnership.
“It is a dynamic economic relationship between the United States and Ireland,” the Vice President said at a joint press conference. “And it’s only growing stronger by the day.”
This particular trip carried some strong family ties for Vice President Pence. As he joked, the Taoiseach’s invitation came with “strings attached”—that the Vice President must bring his mother Nancy, a first-generation Irish-American, along with him.
In 1923, Vice President Pence’s grandfather first came to America from Ireland’s shores. After his grandfather passed in 1981, Mike Pence traveled to Ireland for the first time to see the land where his ancestors grew up.
“Our family cherishes our Irish heritage,” the Vice President said, and during that month-and-a-half trip, “I came to realize that I carry Ireland with me wherever I go—just like more than 30 million Americans who trace their heritage to the Emerald Isle.”