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Why Joe Biden is so invested in defending Good Friday agreement
Analysis: Northern Ireland is a rare issue of bipartisan consensus and a pillar of US foreign policy

Joe Biden's commitment to defending the Good Friday agreement is baked into his political history and identity. But it is also a pillar of US foreign policy, a rare issue of bipartisan consensus in an otherwise hyper-polarised political scene, one of the few stances Biden can take on the world stage without drawing fire from Republicans.

Biden's emotional attachment to Ireland has been a constant throughout his adult life and has become part of his political identity too. He routinely refers to his mother's family history and his ties to County Mayo. He quotes Irish poets, and uses the example of British rule in Ireland as a bridge to empathise with persecuted minorities.

After he won the election in November, the BBC's Nick Bryant asked if he had "a quick word" for the British broadcaster. "The BBC?" the president replied. "I'm Irish."

At his first full press conference as president, in March, he recalled that his great-grandfather had been forced to leave Ireland "because of what the Brits had been doing".



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