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Enda Kenny: 'I've spoken to Barack Obama and I know he's anxious to come to swing the clubs'

Cormac Fitzgerald and Lise Hand

Published 24/07/2015 | 13:55

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Picture: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Picture: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said President Barack Obama is anxious to visit Ireland to play some golf.

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Speaking today in Slane, Mr Kenny said: "I've spoken to the President on a number of occasions and to the vice-President, I know they're anxious to come to swing the clubs, and the invitation is wide open."

"That would be a good three-ball, wouldn't it?" he joked.

"Yes, I'd love to be see the President or the vice-president being able to come to Ireland, obviously there are protocols and official things that must be gone through. "

The White House has refused to deny a possible trip for Barack Obama to Ireland before the end of his presidency.

This morning, The Star reported that another trip to Ireland for President Obama could be on the cards for next St Patrick’s Day.

The American president’s eighth cousin Henry Healy said that talks were underway to make the visit happen.

“When we were over in Washington in March, President Obama's chief speechwriter Cody Keenan said the President was interested in coming back to Ireland before his Presidency ends,” he told The Star.

"He said part of the plan would be for the President to speak in Galway like his predecessor John F Kennedy did back in 1963.

"Another member of the White House team also said he would not be surprised if President Obama made another visit to Ireland before the end of next year," the Moneygall man said.

A spokesperson from the White House didn’t deny the prospect of another visit but didn’t confirm it either:

“We have no additional presidential travel to announce this time,” they told Independent.ie.

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