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Brian F. Burns, the US ambassador-designate to Ireland has withdrawn his name from consideration for the job, citing health issues, IrishCentral has learned.

In a statement to RTÉ News, Mr. Burns' spokesperson said he had suffered "a bad fall a few weeks ago," and is currently preparing to have "a second back surgery in the lumbar area of his spine."

Photo: Eileen Burns, President Trump, Brian Burns [Capehart Photo from Policemen's Ball]

Mr. Burns and President Trump exchanged letters in which the attorney and leading Irish American philanthropist revealed his reasons for stepping aside.

Brian BurnsMr. Burns, 81, was considered a remarkably good choice by Trump, given his long career of devotion to Irish issues, including the creation of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College and as a senior official of the American Ireland Fund.

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