Sligo County Council has made no decision yet about invitation to new U.S. vicepresident

Sligo County Council says no decision has been taken about whether or not to invite the vicepresident-elect of the United States, Mike Pence, to Sligo.

Pence’s grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, left Doocastle, near Tubbercurry, in South Sligo, in the early 1920s, eventually becoming a bus driver in Chicago.

There have been national media reports that Sligo County Council would not be inviting Mr Pence to visit his ancestral area.

In response to queries from Ocean FM News, Council Cathaoirleach Hubert Keaney confirmed that no invitation has been extended to the vice-president elect.

Councillor Keaney told Ocean FM News that the president-elect Donald Trump and vicepresident-elect assume office in January and the question of extending an invitation has not been discussed at this early stage.

Councillor Keaney says the normal process is that such issues are discussed by the council’s Corporate Policy Group.

Meanwhile, a similar stance is being taken by local Tubbercurry councillor Jerry Lundy.

He says he hopes to put down a motion inviting Mr Pence to Tubbercurry but that he intends to ‘hold back until after the inauguration in January.’