‘He’s as Irish as you can get’ - Micheal Martin welcomes prospect of Joe Biden as US President
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‘He’s as Irish as you can get’ - Micheal Martin welcomes prospect of Joe Biden as US President

THE IRISH Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, has spoken with relish at the prospect of Joe Biden replacing Donald Trump as US President.

Biden is closing in on victory in the US election with the Democratic candidate leading in several swing states where counting is still ongoing.

The Irish-American politician has yet to declare victory though he did tell fans at an event in Delaware “we’re going to win this race with a clear majority”.

In the meantime, Ireland’s very own president-of-sorts has given Biden his own personal seal of approval.

Martin previously met the Democratic candidate during his time as Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and only had good things to say when pressed by RTE News.

“He’s as Irish as you can get in terms of his background and he is very proud of that," he said.

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“And I think from the Irish perspective that relationship with America is key.

“That connection between us is one that we would like to see nourished in terms of whoever emerges victorious from this election.

“It is looking good for Joe Biden.”

A Biden victory could hold greater significance for Ireland in the context of Brexit with the Democrat previously pledging to protect the Good Friday Agreement in the event of any potential disruption.

The 77-year-old said he would not allow peace in Northern Ireland to become a "casualty of Brexit" if he was elected and warned any UK-US trade deal had to be "contingent" on respect for the Good Friday Agreement.