Trump to Name Respected Businessman as Ambassador to Ireland


President-elect Donald Trump plans on naming Massachusetts-born businessman Brian Burns as the ambassador to Ireland. Burns is the son to the former adviser of Joe Kennedy, the father of former President John F. Kennedy.

According to the Irish Examiner, Burns is a longtime friend of Trump’s and is the grandson of Irish immigrants. He currently runs a real estate holding and development company called BF Enterprises, Inc. in Florida. His father, John J. Burns, was an attorney, ambassador to the United Kingdom, and a close adviser to Joe Kennedy and his family.


In 1963, President Kennedy and then-Irish President Eamon de Valera established the American Irish Foundation, and appointed Brian Burns as its youngest director. Decades later, Burns was then inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2013.

The current ambassador to Ireland under the Obama administration is Kevin F. O’Malley.


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