“To think of it: my grandfather was a very poor immigrant in County Kerry in 1892 and a little over 120 years later I am being selected as a representative of 35 million or 40 million Americans of Irish heritage and this president to go to Ireland. It is astonishing; I have to pinch myself.”
U.S. Ambassador to Ireland nominee Brian Burns in The Irish Times.
“The extraordinary support provided by Brian Burns, members of the Burns family, and their associates and friends has helped make Boston College one of the world’s leading centers for the study and appreciation of Ireland and the Irish diaspora.”
Christian Dupont, head librarian at the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College (Brian Burns is a son of John J. Burns. This is a great collection, which I visited in 2013.)
“I read the Irish papers from time to time, and I see nothing but criticism for President Trump. That’s a huge error.”
Burns quoted in the Palm Beach (Fla.) Daily News
As of 20 February, a Senate vote to confirm Burns has not been scheduled.