Former President Bill Clinton spent part of his night in Ireland on Thursday with Irish billionaire-businessman Denis O’Brien, following a speaking engagement at a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander’s funeral.
According to the Daily Mail, after Clinton spoke at Martin McGuinness’s funeral, he spent the rest of his night at Peploe’s Wine Bistro in Dublin, chatting with several wealthy, Irish businessmen, including O’Brien and philanthropist John Fitzpatrick.
Both men have been longtime supporters of the Clintons. O’Brien has donated millions to the family’s foundation; at one point, he was even declared a “Clinton Global Citizen.” Fitzpatrick, who opened New York’s Fitzpatrick Hotel in December 1991, was a frequent visitor to the White House during the Clinton administration.
Clinton played a big role in helping McGuinness and Northern Ireland negotiate a peace deal. The Daily Mail reports Clinton’s decision to allow the IRA political presence in America was a key step toward reaching the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Clinton’s speech lasted about 11 minutes and can be seen below:
H/T: Daily Mail
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