Reaction in Ireland to the election of US President Barack Obama to office for a second term.

RTÉ News report gets the reaction of some of those attending a breakfast event at the US Embassy in Dublin. For Henry Healy a distant cousin of President Obama, 

It's shown that the American people have trusted in what the President has done over the last four years and they have the confidence in him to continue the progress for the United States over the next four years.

Henry Healy is hopeful of a return visit of the Obama family to the ancestral home of Monegall, County Offaly and encourages the government to issue them a formal invitation.  

John Hennessy, Northern Ireland US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires, is happy that the campaign is now over and the focus can now return to the work of government. 

Seán Dunne of Democrats Abroad had no doubt that Obama would be re-elected as it was clear that the people opposed Republican candidate Mitt Romney's message. On the other hand, Republican party member Mark Walk believes that Romney was an excellent candidate and it is unfortunate that he won't get the opportunity to put his policies in place. 

Professor of American History at University College Dublin (UCD) Matthew Sutton believes that second term presidents have more success as they are no longer looking to win votes.

He'll be able to govern from his heart.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 November 2012. The reporter is Conor Hunt.