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Trump looks set to to appoint the son of a Kennedy adviser as ambassador to Ireland

The US president-elect told a New York Times reporter he intends to nominate Brian Burns.

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DONALD TRUMP IS reportedly close to choosing his Irish ambassador.

The US president-elect told a New York Times reporter that he intends to appoint Brian Burns, a businessman and philanthropist whose family is originally from Co Kerry. details that Burns was key in the creation of the Irish American Fund, which has raised millions for projects in Ireland, was key in the redevelopment of Marsh’s Library, and holds the largest private collection of Irish art in the world.

He was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2013, alongside US Vice President Joe Biden.

Burns’s father also had close ties to the Kennedy family, working as an adviser to JFK’s father John Kennedy.

Burns is reportedly a friend of Trump, and voiced his support for the Republican candidate during his campaign.

The current US ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, was appointed in 2014.

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