TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has invited the British Prime Minister David Cameron to Ireland as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
Mr Kenny announced the invitation after a meeting with Mr Cameron in Downing Street today.
Top of the agenda for the meeting was the so-called 'Brexit' referendum that will see the British public vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union.
However, developments in the north were also discussed and both leaders emphasised the strength of relations between Dublin and London.
Mr Kenny told reporters that he has asked Mr Cameron to visit Ireland this year.
"We also discussed.... 1916 centenary commemorations. We have a very comprehensive, inclusive, sensitive whole series of [events] this year .
"I've invited the Prime Minister to come over himself at some time during the course of the year if that's appropriate and obviously he'll consider that in due course."
Earlier Mr Cameron also spoke of this year's centenary.
"Of course 2016 also marks the centenary of some important events in our shared history. We will mark them as we should in a spirit of mutual respect, inclusiveness and friendship," he said.