Donald Trump appoints Dublin woman to senior job at the White House

Donald Trump appoints Dublin woman to senior job at the White House

US President Donald Trump has appointed a Dublin-born lawyer to a senior job at the White House.

Abigail 'Gail' Slater, originally from Dalkey in south Co. Dublin, is a dual Irish-US citizen who has been living in America since 2003.

She has taken up a key role in the Trump administration's national economic council as of today.

The appointment follows the resignation last night of one of Mr Trump's closest aides – chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.

In her new role, Ms Slater will advise the US President on the issues involving technology, telecommunications and cyber security.

The Dubliner is thought to be the only Irish-born member of staff working under Mr Trump.

President Trump has appointed an Irishwoman to a senior White House role (Picture: Getty)

She follows Castleknock-born Samantha Power, who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations and on the national security team under Barack Obama's administration.

Ms Slater has years of legal and technological experience, stemming from her years back home in Ireland.

After graduating in law from University College Dublin (UCD), she went on to obtain further law degrees from Wuerzburg University in Germany and Oxford University in England.

She is a member of the New York Bar and a qualified solicitor in England (and Wales).

After moving to Washington 15 years ago, she married Lindsay Slater – chief of staff to Republican congressman Mike Simpson.

The Irish-American previously advised federal trade commissioner Julie Brill, a Democrat who was appointed by President Obama in 2010.