“She is the Secretary of State, not a special envoy”

Let’s see if this gets as wide an airing as Niall O’Dowd’s determined mis-briefings on the subject. Via Newshound, here’s the Irish Echo’s report of the official statement from the spokesman for the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is not going to be the special envoy to Northern Ireland. “She is the Secretary of State, not a special envoy,” State Department spokesman, PJ Crowley, told the Echo.

And Secretary Clinton does not have any plans to visit Ireland in the immediate future, though she did say during the recent swearing in of U.S. ambassador Ireland, Dan Rooney, that she looked forward to going there eventually.

Adds The BBC catch up.