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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Biden to visit, says Kenny as he hits Hollywood to meet Spielberg

Fionnan Sheahan Washington DC

US Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Ireland this year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed.

Mr Biden hosted Mr Kenny for a St Patrick's Day breakfast. And Mr Kenny confirmed that Mr Biden will be visiting at some point during the year.

"I am very glad to hear you say you are coming to Ireland this year. Just to say that publicly, so those of you down there in the fourth estate: Biden is on his way.

"And the vice president will come to Ireland this year and we hope that we can have a little round on the golf course if we get an opportunity," he said.

However, it is not yet clear when or where Mr Biden will be visiting.

Mr Kenny also discussed immigration reform with Mr Biden and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore presented him with a certificate of Irish heritage.

Mr Biden said a check of his genealogy found he is five-eighths Irish and joked about his mother telling him not to hold it against his father for being English.

Continuing his week-long visit to the US, Mr Kenny moved to the west coast and Los Angeles. He discussed using Ireland as a location for movie production with Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg.

Mr Kenny met Mr Spielberg earlier this year in Government Buildings, when the director was in Dublin for the premiere of 'Lincoln'.

Mr Kenny met the director at the offices of his company, Amblin Entertainment, in Hollywood.

A visit by Mr Biden would be a huge bonus for Mr Kenny after President Barack Obama dealt a blow to the hopes of him making a return trip to Ireland this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic visit by John F Kennedy.

Although Mr Obama did promise to come back at some point, he gave Mr Kenny no indication of when.

Irish Independent

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