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Taoiseach to pay respects to city

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, pictured, will be visiting Boston next month in the wake of the marathon bombings.

Mr Kenny will be in the Massachusetts capital towards the end of May to address graduates of Boston College.

Also next month, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be visiting this country on a trade mission.

During his visit to Boston, Mr Kenny is also expected to mark the deaths of three people in the bombings and the event's impact on the Irish-American community.

The Taoiseach will also be presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the ceremony, where 4,400 Boston College students will receive their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said the university was delighted to have the Taoiseach speak at its ceremony, given the school's historic ties to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

"Boston College was founded by a Jesuit from Ulster 150 years ago to serve the sons of Boston's Irish immigrants.

"Given our connections to Ireland and Boston College's reputation as America's foremost university in the field of Irish Studies, we are pleased that the Taoiseach will join us for our commencement and receive an honorary degree during our sesquicentennial celebration," he said.

Irish Independent