US hails 'deep friendship' with Ireland
The US House of Representatives has adopted a resolution recognising "the deep and abiding friendship between the United States and Ireland".
As part of a series of events marking the centenary of the Easter Rising a bi-partisan motion was carried by unanimous consent. It describes the events of 1916 as "a seminal moment in Ireland's journey to independence".
"The more than 35 million Americans of Irish descent strengthen the friendly relations between the United States and Ireland," the resolution states.
At an event in the US Capitol Building to mark the occasion, Congressman Richie Neal said the Rising had huge connections with the US. "They were inspired by the American revolution and they in turn inspired countless revolutions across the globe."