Taoiseach travels to Washington to meet US President Joe Biden ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is traveling to Washington DC on Monday where he will meet President Joe Biden.

Mr Martin will meet President Biden at the White House for St. Patrick’s Day for the first time after he was unable to travel to the United States last year due to the pandemic.

Leaders are expected to discuss economic ties between Ireland and the United States, as well as the situation in Ukraine and continued support for the Good Friday Agreement.

But President Biden is also expected to say whether he and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Ireland during his presidential term.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has previously spoken of how President Biden said ‘try to stop me’ when he talked about going to Ireland.

President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images/Julien Behal/PA Wire)

On Tuesday there will be a cultural program which will include a lunch for Irish-American Congressman Richie Neal, a ceremony honoring former SDLP leader and civil rights activist John Hume, a Tourism Ireland reception and a special performance of Riverdance.

On Wednesday, Martin will take part in a series of economic engagements, including a Women in Business roundtable, a US Chamber of Commerce and Science Foundation Ireland event and the 30th National Ireland Funds Gala.

On Thursday, Mr. Martin will spend most of the day at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

He will attend a breakfast hosted by US Vice President Kamala Harris and the Speakers Lunch on Capitol Hill.

Afterwards, Mr. Martin will join President Biden for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office where the two leaders will take questions from the international media.

Mr. Martin will also present President Biden with the traditional Shamrock Bowl, bringing St. Patrick’s Day greetings from the Irish people to the American people.

Keep up to date on our website and the Irish Mirror Facebook page where we will report live from the White House.

Kevin E. Boling