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Joe Brolly beats world leaders in race to congratulate Joe Biden

Joe Brolly pictured with Joe Biden in an image tweeted out by Mr Brolly last year 
Joe Brolly pictured with Joe Biden in an image tweeted out by Mr Brolly last year  Joe Brolly pictured with Joe Biden in an image tweeted out by Mr Brolly last year 

GAA pundit Joe Brolly has revealed he has spoken to President Elect Joe Biden and offered him his congratulations.

While world leaders have been forming an orderly queue to speak to the former US vice-president following his election victory over Donald Trump, the Dungiven-born barrister said he has already managed to do so.

Speaking on RTÉ's Claire Byrne Live show, Mr Brolly said he had been "very privileged" to have been "in a speaker call with the family in Joe's home in Delaware the day after the election had been called and basically I said congratulations".

The Derry All-Ireland winning footballer said he had gotten to know Mr Biden "through the hospice and we've become friendly".

It is believed Mr Brolly was referring to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice, of which he is an ambassador.

Speaking on RTE's Claire Byrne Live show, Derry GAA pundit Joe Brolly revealed he has spoken to US President Elect, Joe Biden and offered him his congratulations
Speaking on RTE's Claire Byrne Live show, Derry GAA pundit Joe Brolly revealed he has spoken to US President Elect, Joe Biden and offered him his congratulations Speaking on RTE's Claire Byrne Live show, Derry GAA pundit Joe Brolly revealed he has spoken to US President Elect, Joe Biden and offered him his congratulations

Mr Biden also has strong links to Mayo with Ballina considered his ancestral home.

The new US President is the great-great-great-grandson of Edward Blewitt, who emigrated to the US after the 1840s famine and settled in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Following Mr Biden's victory, his Irish relatives took to the streets to celebrate.

Mr Biden, who also has family links in Co Louth, turned the sod on a hospice in Ballina, which has a plaque honouring his son Beau, who died in 2015.

Mr Brolly described the president elect as a "very honourable man", saying that "honour is his touch stone and that's why for example he was such close friends with John McCain (former American statesman), and Lindsey Graham (a senior US Senator) speaks so highly of him".

He added: "A point that I did want to make. I can tell people that you know, Joe is not a fan of Boris Johnson and they have never forgave him for his racist remarks about Barack Obama, for his racism in general for his approach towards immigration and things like that.

"I can tell you, Boris is in for a rough ride".

Mr Johnson was strongly criticised in 2016 for comments in relation to Mr Obama and his intervention in the EU debate.

The British Prime Minister accused the then US President of removing a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office.

"Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British empire - of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender," he said.