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Obama visit 'is not whistle-stop'

The Government has dismissed reports that US President Barack Obama will spend just five hours in Ireland.

Despite a team of US security and diplomatic personnel surveying the president's ancestral village of Moneygall, Co Offaly, on Monday, the White House and Irish government remain tight-lipped about the timing of the trip.

But a Government source said there were no indications that President Obama's visit would be a whistle-stop five hour affair, claiming it was "quite the opposite actually".

The Government is gearing up for the historic May visit after President Obama announced on St Patrick's Day that he wanted to return to his roots in Moneygall.

It has been speculated the president wants to arrive before a planned state visit to Britain on May 24.

The US security and diplomatic delegation walked through Moneygall, taking photos and talking with locals.

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