A comment by US Vice President Mike Pence about Irish people on Twitter did not go down well 3 years ago

A comment by US Vice President Mike Pence about Irish people on Twitter did not go down well

Chris O’Dowd was amongst those to respond to Donald Trump’s second-in-command.

On the week of our national holiday, Ireland is going to be the subject of a lot of praise and fawning comments from world dignitaries over the coming days.

On a night in which he was one of the special guests at the Ireland Funds dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, US vice president Mike Pence, whose grandfather hails from Sligo, sought to commend the “special kinship” between the Irish and the American people.

He repeated those sentiments on Twitter on Wednesday night and the reaction was interesting to say the least.

While Pence meant well, some of those who responded to him didn’t exactly agree with what he had to say, with actor Chris O’Dowd amongst many to bite back.

Others, meanwhile, suggested that Pence might have been a little off the mark with the use of the word 'always' in his tweet in relation to the treatment of Irish immigrants in the US in the not-so-recent past.