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Obama to hold an outdoor rally at College Green

Plans for the visit of the US President are beginning to take shape – he’s expected to speak for 15 or 20 minutes to a crowd at College Green on Monday evening.

Image: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

THE US PRESIDENT Barack Obama will hold a mass outdoor rally at College Green on Monday evening, according to reports this morning.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it still has not confirmed the itinerary, but the event will kick off at 5pm with a free concert, which is expected to be attended by tens of thousands of people.

According to Niall O’Dowd of the Irish Voice, Obama’s speech is expected to last just 15 or 20 minutes, and is likely to address the issue of immigration reform in America.

Performers at the event haven’t been confirmed; however Jedward have been tweeting that they’re looking forward to meeting the US President.

Itinerary

Obama’s visit reportedly gets underway at 9.30am on Monday, when Air Force One lands in Dublin airport, where it will be met by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

After travelling to the Phoenix Park to meet Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain, the Cabinet at Farmleigh, and the US Ambassador Dan Rooney, Obama and wife Michelle will take a helicopter to his ancestral village of Moneygall, where he is expected at around 3pm.

After the College Green event, he’ll spend the night in the US embassy.

He will continue on to London on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Bono has been speaking in an interview in Hot Press about his experience of havin dinner with Obama and Condoleezza Rice.

I remember the first half of the dinner the two of them kind of talking politely through me, and then the second half of the dinner, it was like I wasn’t there. They were just kind of sharing and swapping ideas.

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