Today we learned that Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, DGAF. Standing only a few feet away from President Trump, Ireland’s Prime Minister celebrated the legacy of St. Patrick saying, “And though he is of course the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he’s also a symbol of, indeed the patron of, immigrants.” Prime Minister Kenny then went on to list the contributions the original immigrant Irishmen and women brought to the United States.
Prime Minister Edna Kenny’s remarks reminded everyone of the struggles the Irish faced when they first came to America.
Like Latin American immigrants, the Irish played a very important role in the birth of this nation, yet they weren’t always given a warm reception. Kenny referred to the original Irish immigrants as “the wretched refuse on the teeming shore.” And laws were designed to restrict the number of Irish immigrants allowed into the U.S.
Kenny pointed out the contributions the Irish have made to the United States.
The Irish “assisted George Washington to win that war of independence” as well as many other wars. Even the White House, Kenny pointed out, was designed by James Hoban of Kilkenny, Ireland, adding that the architect drew inspiration from Leinster House in Dublin.
Ireland’s Prime Minister brought up the current contributions the Irish make to the United States.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny told reporters, “Here in America, your great country, 35 million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years.*”
*Not including the years Conan O’Brien has been on the air.
The Prime Minister reminded reporters that decades ago, Irish immigrants came to the United States in search of a better life.
“We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed,” said Kenny.
The final moments of his speech have to be heard to really grasp the depth of emotion in the Prime Minister’s words.
The Prime Minister’s speech highlighted how immigrants have historically faced trials and tribulations when assimilating into a new society. However, those people that are willing to fight for a better life, and fight to uphold the values of the United States, those people are what America is all about, whether they come from Europe or the United States’ own backyard.