New US Ambassador to Ireland sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence
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New US Ambassador to Ireland sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence

THE NEW US Ambassador to Ireland, Edward Crawford, has been sworn into office.

An Ohio businessman with Irish roots, Crawford is the first person to hold the position since Kevin O’Malley, who vacated the position when Barack Obama left office in January 2017.

The new US Ambassador to Ireland was sworn into office by US Vice President Mike Pence who later took to Twitter to congratulate Crawford on his appointment and America’s special relationship with the Emerald Isle.

“The friendship & alliance between the US & Ireland has been a cornerstone of peace, prosperity & freedom across the Atlantic,” he wrote.

“On behalf of President @realDonaldTrump, it was my honor to swear in the next US Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland Edward Crawford today!”

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Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the US, was also in attendance and tweeted his support for Crawford, revealing Pence used the ceremony to talk up the strong economic ties between the two countries as well as his own Irish roots.

“Just attended swearing-in by Vice-President Pence of the new US Ambassador to Ireland, Edward Crawford, to wish him every success with his assignment in Ireland,” Mulhall wrote on the social media platform.

“The VP referenced the strong economic ties between Ireland & US & his own Irish heritage.”

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The American entrepreneur, whose appointment was confirmed by a vote in the US Senate earlier this month, has been keen to stress his desire to maintain a firm commitment to the Northern Ireland peace process.

He will now travel to Ireland to meet President Michael D Higgins before formally taking up his post.