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Joe Biden set to explore his Irish roots on trip to the Republic

By Brian Hutton

Published 22/06/2016

American vice-president Joe Biden (left) receives a hurley as a gift from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a welcome ceremony at the Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images
American vice-president Joe Biden (left) receives a hurley as a gift from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a welcome ceremony at the Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

US vice-president Joe Biden touched down in the Irish Republic yesterday for a six-day official visit that will take in stop-offs at his ancestral homes.

After landing in Air Force Two at Dublin Airport last night, Mr Biden travelled in a cavalcade of black cars to Government Buildings, where he met Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

They posed for pictures on the steps before going into Mr Kenny’s private office for a meeting.

“It is good to be home,” remarked Mr Biden, who brought along his children and grandchildren to learn more about their Irish roots.

Mr Biden made no secret of his wish to visit the country before his term in office ends later this year.

Mr Kenny gave the vice-president a hurley and sliothar as a an official gift.

Mr Biden’s great-great-great grandfather, Edward Blewitt, and great-great grandfather, Owen Finnegan, both emigrated during Ireland’s famine.

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