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Lise Hand: As St Patrick's Day gifts go, they don't get much better than this

Published 18/03/2011 | 05:00

IT was the best St Patrick's Day present of all. And as the sun streamed in the windows of the world's most famous curved room yesterday morning, President Barack Obama handed it to Enda Kenny, all beautifully wrapped in bright-green ribbon.

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Towards the end of their 30-minute meeting, Enda once again offered the invitation to visit Ireland -- the same invitation which had been extended to the US President by his predecessor Brian Cowen when he met Mr Obama in the White House in both 2009 and 2010.

But this time, instead of the standard gracious acceptance and vague promises of consulting diaries, the charismatic leader of the free world laughed and slapped his thigh in amusement.

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