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Enda wants round of golf with Obama

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said President Barack Obama is keen to visit Ireland to play some golf.

"I've spoken to the president on a number of occasions and to the vice-president (Joe Biden), I know they're anxious to come to swing the clubs, and the invitation is wide open.

"That would be a good three-ball, wouldn't it?" joked Mr Kenny (inset).

"Yes, I'd love to see the president or the vice-president being able to come to Ireland, obviously there are protocols and official things that must be gone through."

A report yesterday suggested that Mr Obama will travel to Ireland for St Patrick's Day next year.

A White House spokesperson didn't deny the prospect of another visit but said: "We have no additional presidential travel to announce this time."