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Obama says he will visit Ireland in May

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said on Saint Patrick's Day he will visit Ireland in May, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny promised him 100,000 welcomes in a land to which he traces some ancestry. Obama said Thursday that he and Kenny, making the Irish leader's traditional visit to the United States on Ireland's national holiday, had an excellent conversation about how Ireland would bounce back from its economic crisis. "I wanted to say today that I intend to come to Ireland in May, and I'm expecting to go not only to all the famous sites, but also to Donegal where my great, great, great, great, great, grandfather hails from." Obama, wearing a green tie, joked that his Irish American vice president Joe Biden was "envious because he wants to go first." The US president is also due to travel on a state visit to Britain in May and is also expected to attend the G8 summi...

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