President Bush will host Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the White House on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2006
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 10, 2006
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Visit of Prime Minister Ahern of Ireland
President Bush will host Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the White House on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2006. They will participate in the traditional “Shamrock Ceremony,��? which dates back decades and symbolizes the close friendship between the United States and Ireland. The President and the Taoiseach will meet in the Oval Office after the ceremony.
Following their meeting, President Bush and Prime Minister Ahern will be joined by U.K. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain and will greet civil society leaders who are striving to build an inclusive and peaceful Northern Ireland.
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