Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

PM to pay first visit to Ireland

British Prime Minister David Cameron will make his first official visit to Ireland next week
British Prime Minister David Cameron will make his first official visit to Ireland next week

British Prime Minister David Cameron will make his first official visit to Ireland next week, it has been confirmed.

The Conservative leader will meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Dublin's Government Buildings on Wednesday for face-to-face talks.

The trip coincides with the the Queen's historic state visit to the Irish Republic - the first ever by a reigning British monarch.

Mr Kenny described Mr Cameron as a friend and said he was looking forward to welcoming his London counterpart to the Irish capital for their discussions.

"I am very happy to have had the support of our friend Mr Cameron, and indeed his government, which was one of the first to offer bilateral loan arrangements for Ireland," he said.

Tory chancellor George Osborne last year agreed a 3.8 billion euro loan to Ireland - one of the UK's biggest trading partners - as part of an EU/IMF economic rescue package.

The Taoiseach said he and Mr Cameron will discuss European issues, the make-up of the new Northern Ireland Assembly and about the potential of developing the all-island economy.

The Queen is in Dublin from May 17 with engagements with President Mary McAleese, a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance and a tour of Croke Park.

US President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Ireland just days later on Monday May 23, the day before he visits London.

Most of his engagements are planned for Phoenix Park where he will meet President McAleese, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Cabinet members before travelling to his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, in the midlands.

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