Taoiseach says Congress address 'an honour'
Friday, 7 December 2007 10:23
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that it will be an honour for Ireland, and for him personally, when he addresses the joint Houses of Congress in Washington early next year.
Mr Ahern said he would use the opportunity to raise the issue of the numbers of undocumented Irish living in the US.
The announcement was made last night in Washington during a function for Northern Ireland's First and Deputy First ministers, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.
Last night the Taoiseach said he was surprised but very pleased to have such an opportunity.
Earlier this year the Taoiseach addressed both Houses of Parliament in Westminster in London but he said the historic ties between the US and Ireland will make this a special occasion.
Story from RTÉ News: http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/1207/ahernb.html