Biden urges Britain to ‘work closely’ with Ireland to prevent political violence

In a historic speech to the Irish parliament, Joe Biden said the UK should ‘work closely’ with Ireland to protect Northern Ireland against political violence.

The president became only the fourth US president to address both houses of the Dail and Seanad.

He addressed a joint session of the Oireachtas, following in the footsteps of John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.

Mr. Biden told legislators and senators that “peace is precious” and that “it still needs its champions.”

He claimed that the Good Friday Agreement had a “significant positive impact across the Republic of Ireland as well.”

Based on discussions with the Taoiseach, he spoke of ‘how Ireland and the United States can work together with the United Kingdom and the European Union to support the people of Northern Ireland’.

‘I think that the United Kingdom should be working closer with Ireland in this endeavour.

‘People of Ireland, it’s so lovely to be back in Ireland,’ he remarked in Irish, translating as ‘I am home.’

He continued, ‘I only wish I could remain longer.’

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