Irish-American businessman and billionaire Edward F Crawford has been approved by Cabinet as the US ambassador to Ireland.
The 80-year-old Republican from Cleveland, Ohio was honoured with the title of Mayo Person of the Year in Cleveland in 2014.
He has been linked with the vacant envoy role since last year shortly after Mr Trump’s initial choice, Florida businessman Brian Burns, withdrew from consideration due to ill-health.
His connection to Mayo is not direct, it’s more to the Mayo association in Cleveland. Back in 2014 because of his long association with the Association and his work for Irish causes, the Cleveland Association actually changed its own rules and honoured him as the Mayo Person of the Year in Cleveland– despite not having any direct ancestry to the county.
The President of the Mayo Association in Cleveland is Gerry Quinn of Cloghans, Knockmore and he told Midwest News today that Mr Crawford “ won’t be sitting in an office in Dublin as the ambassador he will work hard and travel extensively across the country”. He said the Association in Cleveland is thrilled and delighted with today’s developments.
Mr Crawford ‘s approval by the Irish Cabinet this afternoon - in many ways was a formality, He must now be approved through the US Congress with a vote by the Senate foreign relations committee and then the Senate itself before he can be formally sworn in as ambassador by the Trump administration.