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Tánaiste Welcomes US Congressional Delegations

Tánaiste Welcomes US Congressional Delegations


The Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD this afternoon welcomed two United States Congressional Delegations to Ireland on the occasion of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. The Delegations are led by Senator Christopher Murphy from Connecticut and Congressman Pat Fallon from Texas.


Greeting the delegations ahead of a lunch at Iveagh House, the Tánaiste said: 


“I am delighted to welcome our friends from the United States Congress during their visit to Ireland. My colleagues in Government and I are deeply appreciative of the longstanding bipartisan US Congressional support for peace on this island, particularly as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement this year.


“I look forward to a productive exchange with Senator Chris Murphy, Representative Pat Fallon and their Congressional colleagues, on all aspects of Ireland’s relations with the United States. In particular, I look forward to discussing our vibrant economic and trade relationship; our strong people-to-people links, and how these are enhanced through migration flows in both directions; and of course the success of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic series in strengthening these ties.


“We will also discuss key international issues affecting Irish and American citizens, including Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and how Ireland can play a constructive role in strengthening the EU-US relationship now and into the future.”




Note for Editors


The US members of Congress are:


  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE)
  • Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Senator Mark wayne Mullin (R-OK)
  • Representative David Joyce (R-OH)
  • Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN)
  • Representative Mike Lawler (R-NY)
  • Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)
  • Representative Jake Auchincloss (D-MA)
  • Representative Pat Fallon (R-TX)
  • Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA)
  • Representative Troy Nehls (R-TX)
  • Representative Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR)
  • Representative Scott Franklin (R-FL)
  • Representative Mark Green (R-TN)
  • Representative Kat Cammack (R-FL)


This is the first US Congressional delegation to travel to Ireland since the visit of President Biden earlier this year. This visit also follows a period of active Irish Government engagement in the United States. The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and seven Government Ministers travelled to key cities across the United States as part of the international St Patrick’s Day programme for 2023.


The Government’s Strategy for the US and Canada is available here.



25 August 2023