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Enda Kenny receives US Vice President Joe Biden in Dublin

The American Vice President will be in Ireland until Sunday.

21/6/2016. Visit of American Vice President, Joe B Vice President Biden with a hurley and sliothar gifted to him by Taoiseach Enda Kenny Source: Eamonn Farrell

Updated 23.00

US VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden has been received by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin.

Upon meeting Biden, Kenny presented him with a hurley and sliothar inscribed Seosamh Ó Biden, No 8.

21/6/2016. Visit of American Vice President, Joe B Source: Eamonn Farrell

Biden greeted the gift by saying that he wished he had been able to play hurling, which he described as a “dangerous game”.

He arrived in Ireland accompanied by his brother and sister, his daughter, and five grandchildren.

The Vice President will be in Ireland until Sunday visiting Dublin, Louth and his ancestral home in Mayo.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan was at Dublin Airport this evening to greet Biden.

During his visit, Biden will participate in bilateral meetings with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins, and address audiences at Dublin Castle and Trinity College this week.

It’s believed his remarks will be based on the Irish-American experience, the shared heritage of the two nations, and the values of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness.

Tomorrow, he will meet with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Afterwards, he will travel to County Mayo, where its expected a number of stops will be made in several towns along the way.

It’s also expected Biden will take in a round of golf with Kenny in the coming days.

Additional reporting Cianan Brennan

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