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Enda Kenny cancels engagements on visit to US as heavy snow forecast

The Taoiseach has been forced to cancel a number of engagements in the United States due to a severe weather forecast.

Enda Kenny was in Boston on Monday where municipal authorities were preparing for a huge blizzard.

With snowfalls of up to 22 inches forecast for Tuesday, Mr Kenny has cut short the remainder of his itinerary in New England.

A number of engagements in Boston on Monday evening were cancelled.

A planned trip to Rhode Island on Tuesday also fell victim to the weather.

The focal point of Mr Kenny's week-long visit is his schedule of engagements in Washington DC on Wednesday and Thursday.

Many flights in and out of Boston were cancelled on Monday and many trains were fully booked.

Mr Kenny will not escape the wintry weather in Washington, as heavy snowfalls are also forecast in DC, but getting there was the main concern.

A Government spokesman said: "The priority at this stage is getting to Washington."

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