US President Joe Biden will begin a five-day trip to Ireland on April 11th, it’s reported this evening. (Thursday, 30 March).
Mr. Biden is widely expected to meet President Michael D Higgins while An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, is also set to host a reception at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
During their recent St. Patrick’s Day soiree in Washington DC, Mr Varadkar told president Biden his trip would be a visit like no other and that he would “roll out the red carpet“.
During his time in Ireland, Mr Biden is also expected to visit counties Louth and Mayo, where his ancestors hail from.
President Biden has been a vocal supporter of the Good Friday Agreement which was signed on 10 April 1998, ending decades of violent conflict in Northern Ireland.
Also known as the Belfast Agreement, it was a political deal designed to bring an end to 30 years of violent conflict known as the Troubles.
The 25th anniversary of the deal will fall on April 10 on Easter Monday.
Full details of the president’s visit are yet to be confirmed, but the White House said the increased terrorism threat level in Northern Ireland would not affect the plans.
On Tuesday Mr Biden told reporters “they can’t keep me out“.
More details of Mr Biden’s visit are expected in the coming days.