Presidency attempt not on agenda for Clinton

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said she is “too focused” on her present workload to make any plans for her future career.

She was responding to questions on whether she plans to make another attempt to run for the presidential office in 2016.

“I’m looking forward to returning to living a life that enjoys a lot of simple pleasures and gives me time for family and friends and other pursuits,” she said.

And she appeared to play down expectations that her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, would be appointed to the role of the US ambassador to Ireland.

“I cannot comment on what President Obama might do in the second term, obviously it’s his decision,” she said.

“But I would think my husband will be here many times in the future and doing the work that he has been doing without having to have the title of ambassador.”

Following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings, Ms Clinton praised the Government for “making some very tough decisions to shore up the Irish economy for the long term”.

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s €3.5bn austerity budget, she said: “It has been an extraordinary example of Irish resilience and determination, the way that you have met these challenges head on. It’s good news for you, but also for the European and global economy.”

She restated the US confidence in its economic partnership with Ireland.

“Our foreign direct investment here already tops €191bn, which is more than US companies have invested in Brazil, Russian, India and China combined,” she said.

After “years of economic turmoil” she said she was “delighted to see Ireland on the rebound”.

She told reporters: “We want to continue to see our economic relationship grow.”

She praised Mr Kenny for taking the “tough, very important steps that have placed Ireland on the right track”.

She said: “This has not been easy. I understand the real sacrifice and suffering that many people have gone through because of the economic challenges.”

The view from the United States is that Irish people are “getting up every day and getting the job done, coming at it with a practical, can-do spirit and an unwavering resolve to meet what lies ahead”.

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