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Obama arrives at Farmleigh house to meet with Taoiseach and Tánaiste

The US president has arrived at Farmleigh house for an official bilateral meeting with the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste.

The First Couple meet with President McAleese and her husband Martin earlier this morning.
The First Couple meet with President McAleese and her husband Martin earlier this morning.
Image: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images

BARACK OBAMA HAS arrived at Farmleigh guesthouse for an official bilateral meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.

The US president and his wife Michelle were warmly greeted outside Farmleigh by Kenny and his wife Fionnuala.

Emerging from his presidential limousine, Obama greeted the warm sunshine that has now broken out in Dublin in sharp contrast to the rain and wind which greeted the First Couple’s arrival at Dublin airport this morning.

After chatting for a few minutes outside, the two couples posed for pictures before heading inside the State guesthouse to sign the visitor’s book.

The president, Taoiseach and Tánaiste then retired to the drawing room for a private meeting whilst the First Lady and Fionnuala Kenny took a tour of the house and gardens.

The agenda for the 30 minute meeting is expected to cover the EU/IMF bailout and the state of Ireland’s finances as well as the situation in Northern Ireland and Obama’s speech on the Middle East last week.

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