Biden: Irish peace agreement needs to be 'locked down'

Biden: Irish peace agreement needs to be 'locked down'

By Juno McEnroe, Washington

US Vice President Joe Biden has said that he is confident the Stormont House Agreement will hold, but that trust is needed to finally bring an end to a dark chapter.

Speaking in Washington DC, while hosting a breakfast for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Irish American dignitaries, Mr Biden said the US administration was “anxious” to lock down agreement in the North.

Mr Biden also again hinted that he wanted to travel to Ireland. But he initially focussed minds at his residence on issues relating to the North.

“William Butler Yeats wrote ‘talent proceeds differences, genius unity’. That’s what you worked for Taoiseach … we need genius on all sides right now to lock this agreement down.

“More than ever we need to build unity and trust to make this agreement work … finally, finally, finally begin to bring an end to a dark chapter. And we’re anxious for this to happen now.”


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