Hillary Clinton tells The Late Late Show of worries stalemate in North is jeopardising peace process
Last week, Ireland’s The Late Late Show left the country, for only the second time in 30 years, to interview the former US Secretary of State near her home in Chappaqua, upstate New York in an Irish television exclusive.
The wide-ranging interview, airing on The Late Late Show on Friday, September 29th at 9.35pm (Irish time) will be available to watch for free, worldwide on RTÉ Player as Secretary Clinton talks about the extraordinary sequence of events that led to her losing the US presidency to businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also tells The Late Late Show she is “worried” that the progress made in the Peace Process in the North of Ireland may be lost with nationalists and unionists at “loggerheads”.
Secretary Clinton makes the comments about the current impasse in the North as talks to restore the power-sharing Government remain unresolved following the collapse of the Northern Executive earlier this year.
‘I am a little worried right now’
“I am a little worried right now, to be very candid with you. I am listening to and hearing reports about the loggerheads people find themselves at. There has just been so much progress, I don’t want to see it lost,” she says.
Secretary Clinton, who initially visited Ireland as First Lady with husband President Bill Clinton in the early 90s receiving rapturous receptions in Dublin, Belfast and Derry, was responding to a quote from the late Martin McGuinness that she was one of the “best friends” the island of Ireland has ever had.
“I had the opportunity to work with Martin and so many others on both sides of the sectarian divide in the North and we forged a personal relationship. So when I was a First Lady and a Senator, I tried to be supportive in every way I could and when I was Secretary of State I made it a point to continue that support in an official capacity because I didn’t want the progress that had been made to be lost,” she says.
“Both my husband and I are extraordinarily interested in and devoted to the future of the island. What we have tried to do in both our public and our personal capacities has been to encourage, certainly, the peace process in the North but also to enjoy the friendships that we have developed. It has been an absolute privilege to be in some small way involved in everything that is going on,” she says.
Coming to Ireland is a “big sigh of relief” for the couple, she tells Tubridy, and the memories of their official visits here are “indelible”.
Elsewhere in the interview, Secretary Clinton addresses everything from the blame she attaches to herself for her failure to defeat Donald Trump in last year’s presidential race to the double standard applied to women in politics and what she intends to do now that she has stepped away from electoral politics.
Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy said: “She gave a very engaging interview about everything that happened from standing outside the inauguration of Donald Trump feeling quite sick and wanting to scream into a pillow; right back to the election night and the horror of what was happening for her, as well as reflecting on the campaign.
“She was very happy to talk about Ireland, Irish politics and how much the country means to her and her husband. From the moment she walked into the room there was a warmth and humour I wasn’t expecting.
“Indeed, there was a Hillary Clinton I wasn’t expecting. I was really pleasantly surprised and I hope people enjoy the interview.”