Sunday 24 September 2017

Obama 'anxious to return here to swing some clubs'

Barack Obama samples a Guinness in Ireland in 2011
Barack Obama samples a Guinness in Ireland in 2011
John Downing

John Downing

US President Barack Obama has a permanent invitation to Ireland, along with Vice-President Joe Biden, with both welcome for a round of golf, the Taoiseach has said.

Mr Kenny was commenting on renewed speculation that President Obama is considering re-visiting Ireland for next St Patrick's Day.

Asked about the matter yesterday, the Taoiseach said he was looking forward to playing golf with either or both US leaders.

"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," Mr Kenny told reporters.

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

The timing of such a visit could pose its own "protocol issues" for the Taoiseach's General Election plans. Obama last visited Ireland in 2011.

Irish Independent

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