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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny

President Obama will welcome Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny of Ireland to the White House on Tuesday, March 17, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to discuss issues of mutual concern.  The United States and Ireland enjoy a strong relationship; deep cultural, historic, and people-to-people bonds; and a shared commitment to advancing peace, security, and prosperity in the world.  In the morning, the Vice President will host the Taoiseach for breakfast at the Naval Observatory, and the President and Vice President will meet with the Taoiseach in the Oval Office.  That evening, the President will host a reception to celebrate his seventh St. Patrick’s Day at the White House.  During the reception, the President and Taoiseach will participate in the annual Shamrock ceremony started by President Truman.  Also on March 17, the Vice President will meet with First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Northern Ireland at the White House to discuss the recent Stormont House agreement and progress being made toward building a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Northern Ireland.