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Joe Biden to emphasize US-Ireland ties in speech to Irish parliament – National

After spending most of a day touring the stormy countryside of his dynasty, the President Joe Biden Returning to diplomacy on Thursday, Ukraine is top of the agenda, with him addressing the Irish Parliament and holding meetings with the country’s leaders.


In his first stop of the day, Biden will meet with President Michael D. Higgins at the President’s Dublin residence and ring the Peace Bell, which was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of violence in the North. was terminated. Ireland. Biden will also participate in a tree-planting ceremony, with his Irish oak next to an oak planted by then-President Barack Obama.

Biden will also meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Irish The prime minister, ahead of a speech to parliament in which “he will reflect on the long, close and shared history between the United States and Ireland,” said Amanda Sloat, senior director for Europe at the National Security Council. In meetings with the leaders, Ireland’s continued support of the US-led effort to help Ukraine in its war against Russia will be a focal point, particularly on humanitarian and security aid.

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Joe Biden pledges support for peace, investment in Northern Ireland

Biden arrived in the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday following an appearance in Northern Ireland. Crowds queued five-deep and waited eight hours to catch a glimpse of Biden in the towns of Carlingford and Dundalk, where the Democratic president visited a castle from which his ancestors sailed, and a local pub Gave an address in , Along the streets of Dundalk, portraits of the President and huge welcome signs were placed on shop fronts. Children hung out of windows to shake the President’s hand and display the American flag.

From inside a stuffy old pub with sticky wooden floors, Biden acknowledged that his ancestors fled to the United States to escape famine, but added, “When you’re here, you wonder if anyone Why would anyone ever want to leave?”

And he delivered the bad news, jokingly saying: “We’ll be back. There’s no way to keep us out.

Biden’s mother’s family comes from County Louth, and the president was excited to dive into his Irish heritage, which he often cites as a driving force in his public and private life.

According to the Irish Family History Center, Biden is “the most ‘Irish’ of all American presidents.” Ten of his 16 great-grandfathers were from the Emerald Isle. Biden is particularly fond of quoting Irish poets, particularly Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s widow was expected to attend an address to parliament on Thursday.

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Northern Ireland celebrates the 25th anniversary of the historic Belfast Agreement

Biden is spending three days in Ireland on his first return trip as president. He will attend a lavish dinner on Thursday before returning to Washington and visiting County Mayo, another ancestral territory on the west coast, on Friday.

Biden visited Obama in 2016 at the end of his second term as vice president with a large contingent of his family, including all of his grandchildren. This time only his sister and son were with him. His wife, Jill, remained in Washington.

Biden celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in Belfast on Wednesday. The US-brokered deal brought peace to an area of ​​the United Kingdom wracked by years of sectarian violence known as “The Troubles”, with bombings and other attacks killing some 3,600 people.

Even as the peace anniversary is being celebrated, political turmoil has left Northern Ireland without a functioning government, shaking the foundations of the Good Friday Agreement. In addition, a top police officer was shot and wounded in February, an attack that authorities blamed on dissidents from the Irish Republican Army opposing the peace process.

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“The enemies of peace will not prevail,” Biden said in Belfast. “Northern Ireland won’t go back, pray to God.”

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