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President Biden to appoint former Rep. Joe Kennedy III as U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland
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President Biden to appoint former Rep. Joe Kennedy III as U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland

President Biden will appoint former Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III – a grandson of former senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy — to be the next U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, a U.S. official confirmed to CBS News. The position will focus on economic development and not the thorny negotiations involving the Northern Ireland Protocol. That protocol is meant to deal with maintaining an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland as promised under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement but has been complicated by Britain's exit from the European Union. Despite the increasingly tense political situation in Northern Ireland ignited in part by Brexit, the Biden administration had left the position vacant until now. The Irish-American community had been ur...