Enda Kenny offers Ireland's congratulations to Donald Trump

He previously referred to the US president-elect's comments as "racist and dangerous"

Enda Kenny offers Ireland's congratulations to Donald Trump

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has offered Ireland's congratulations to United States president-elect Donald Trump.

"On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I am pleased to offer our sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States," his statement begins.

Mr Kenny hopes that Ireland will continue to have a special relationship with the US:

"Ireland and the United States have enjoyed a very close and warm relationship for many generations and I am confident that under his leadership our bilateral relations will continue to prosper."

He added that the county will also be thinking of Hillary Clinton "who fought such a tough campaign."

The Fine Gael leader highlights immigration reform as an area where he hopes that progress will be made in the coming years:

"I also intend to work closely with the new Administration and newly elected United States Congress to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, an issue that is so important to tens of thousands of Irish people who are making a major contribution to America."

He also congratulated Mike Pence, on his election as Vice-President - highlighting his Irish roots:

"The Vice President-elect is a proud Irish American who spent many summers in Ireland as a child."

In late May, Taoiseach Enda Kenny labelled comments from the businessman-come-politician "racist and dangerous" - adding that the US public has "an alternative to vote for."

Mr Trump's campaign has not responded to a number of Newstalk requests for comment on this issue and the future of US/Ireland relations under a Donald Trump presidency.