A trip to Ireland this year by US president Joe Biden is confidently expected by Government sources. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.
But there are divided opinions on whether it could coincide with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement on April 10 next.
President Biden previously visited Ireland in 2016 when Vice President. He played golf with former Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Castlebar over the course of a six-day trip.
He came again on a private family tour in September 2017 and again visited county Mayo.
A spokesman for the Taoiseach confirmed that Leo Varadkar would be refreshing Ireland’s “standing invitation” for President Biden to visit his homeland when he meets him for the shamrock ceremony in the White House next month.
He said he was not aware of any proposals at this stage.
It is expected that President Biden would want to visit Mayo, if possible, because of his family connections to the Blewitt clan.
He has relatives in both Ballina and Carlingford, and it is possible the president could be accompanied by the first lady, Jill Biden.