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Enda Kenny has support for inviting Trump and leading Brexit negotiations

Kenny last week invited Trump to Ireland after meeting him in Washington DC.

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ENDA KENNY’S DECISION to invite US President Donald Trump to Ireland is supported by a majority of Irish people.

That’s according to a new Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll, released tonight. The Claire Byrne Live /Amárach Research Panel consists of over 1,000 Irish adults, all aged 18+.

Kenny last week invited Trump to Ireland after meeting him in Washington DC.

“We had a good, friendly and constructive engagement,” Kenny told reporters in the White House lawn after the photocall.

Trump had told reporters:

“I really love Ireland, I’ll be there absolutely.”

While some, including Green Party TD Eamon Ryan, want the invitation revoked or the visit protested, most Irish people support the invitation.

The poll results were:

Was Taoiseach Enda Kenny right to have invited President Donald Trump to visit Ireland?

Yes – 63%
No – 26%
Don’t know – 11%

In a further boost to Kenny, another question showed that he had the most support of Irish people to lead Brexit negotiations.

That poll’s results were:

Who, of the following, do you have most confidence in to work for Ireland’s interest during the Brexit negotiations?

Enda Kenny – 24%
Simon Coveney – 14%
Leo Varadkar – 20%
Don’t know – 42

Speaking in New York after marching in the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade, Kenny said that his immediate priority is dealing with political instability in Northern Ireland and the uncertainty Brexit would create for Ireland.

Read: Donald Trump says he’s coming to Ireland after invite from ‘new friend’ Enda Kenny

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