An Easter week visit to Ireland by a Congressional Delegation led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi was warmly welcomed in Derry, Belfast and Dublin.
Speaker Pelosi addressed a packed Dail Eireann before the delegation traveled to Derry and Belfast.
The Codel made a symbolic step over the Derry / Donegal border at Burt to emphasise the change brought about by the Good Friday Agreement.
Chairman Richard Neal was later awarded an Honorary degree from the University of Ulster at Magee in recognition of his work for peace in Ireland. Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the US Congressional Delegationin Dublin.
Speaker Pelosi reaffirmed her strong support for the Good Friday Agreement and for the protection of Irish interests in the face of Brexit. The Sinn Féin President said: “I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and the Congressional Delegation for their strong support for Ireland as Brexit looms."
Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Fein Vice President also welcomed the Codel in Belfast and Derry, noting the presence of Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and members of the Congressional Friends of Ireland.