Kenny to meet vice president on 1916 trip to Washington
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet with US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington DC tonight.
Mr Kenny is due to fly to the US capital for a series of engagements after holding a brief meeting with his new Cabinet.
His two-day visit will include a number of events to mark the role of Irish-Americans in the 1916 Rising, and he is also scheduled to meet with senior US political leaders.
Mr Kenny will also plant a tree on the grounds of the US Congress at Capitol Hill before attending a debate and vote on a resolution marking the centenary of the Rising in the US House of Representatives. His meeting with Mr Biden will come on the fringes of the 'Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture' festival, which is launching in the Kennedy Centre tonight.
Both the Taoiseach and vice president will address the crowd.
It is expected that Mr Biden will confirm recent reports that he is planning a trip to Ireland this summer before his term in the White House ends.
Mr Biden is understood to be planning a family trip to Ireland at the end of June that is likely to include a visit to Mayo.