TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has arrived in Atlanta for his annual St Patrick's Day visit to the US.
Mr Kenny will address a series of business and political leaders today as part of the Government's major trans-atlantic investment drive.
The Fine Gael leader will mean the Governor of Georgia , Nathan Deal, and Kasim Reed - the Mayor of Atlanta.
The Taoiseach will serve as Grand Marshal of the St Patrick's Day Parade in Atlanta, which is set to attract 80,000 spectators.
Over the weekend, Mr Kenny will travel to Austin, Texas, before his annual visit to the Whitehouse in Washington DC.
He is expected to be drawn on Sinn Fein's reaction to the latest sex abuse scandal and the launch of Lucinda Creigton's new party.