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Monday 20 November 2017

Two presidents meet at Aras an Uachtarain

US President Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle land in Dublin Airport on Air Force One at the start of his visit to Ireland. Photo: PA
President Obama and his wife Michelle with Dan Rooney (centre), Patricia Rooney (2nd left), and Eamonn Gilmore (3rd right). Photo: PA
Two US Marines are seen at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Photo: PA

Ed Carty and Colm Kelpie

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle met with President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin within half an hour of their arrival at Dublin Airport this morning.

Mr Obama and the first lady almost immediately boarded Marine One and flew the short distance to Aras an Uachtarain.

The President was scheduled to spend 45 minutes with the President at her residence

Air Force One landed amid tight security and wet, blustery conditions at Dublin Airport just after 9.30am.

The President was met by the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and his wife Carol Hanney, and US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney.

Mr Obama is due to call on President Mary McAleese at her residence in the Phoenix Park, Aras an Uachtarain, before holding 45 minutes of talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The President will then travel to his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, ahead of a public concert later in Dublin.

Mr Obama waved as he stepped off the plane with his wife, Michelle.

The visit lacked the ceremony of last week's state visit of the Queen, with only a small welcoming party waiting on the runway apron to greet the President and shake hands.

The Obamas immediately boarded helicopter Marine One to travel the few miles to Aras an Uachtarain.

Airspace around Dublin has been shut down for the President's arrival and transfer over the capital.

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