Kenny to discuss global economic uncertainty with President Obama
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to raise issues of global economic uncertainty and the plight of illegal Irish emigrants in the US, when he meets President Barack Obama today. Mr Kenny's whirlwind tour of Washington will include breakfast with Vice-President Joe Biden at 8.30am, followed by his bi-lateral meeting with Mr Obama at 10.30am.
The Taoiseach and president will then brief the media in the Oval Office before going to Capitol Hill for lunch with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan.
Despite Mr Kenny reducing his St Patrick's Day itinerary to just 12 hours, the White House is facilitating most of the formal events that have become tradition on March 17.
He will present the bowl of Shamrock to Mr Obama at a gathering this afternoon, but an evening reception will be held in the Irish Embassy rather than the White House.
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan will accompany Mr Kenny to Washington before travelling to New York to take part in the parade.