President Biden addresses the Irish Parliament on Thursday after meeting with Irish President Michael Higgins in Dublin, allowing him to explore his Irishness, beginning a leg of his trip to the island aimed at strengthening ties between the United States and Ireland. lineage.
Mr Biden visited the Republic of Ireland after he toured Northern Ireland to mark 25 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of violence.
On Thursday, Mr Biden signed the guestbook inside the Irish president’s residence, taking time to write a note. After the US president finished writing, he turned to Higgins and quoted his grandfather. “Your feet will bring you where your heart is,” Mr. Biden said, adding that it was an “honor to come back and come home to my ancestors.”
The Good Friday Agreement encouraged both sides in the conflict to lay down arms and form a local government for Northern Ireland, sharing power between republicans and unionists. But it comes as a visit Tensions are running high, creating a political rift with post-Brexit trade issues that prompted British unionist politicians to withdraw from a power-sharing government last year. Despite a new trade deal between the UK and the EU being signed last month, Northern Irish unionists are refusing to return to government.
The president’s visit to Ireland also comes amid international fallout Apparent leak of classified Pentagon documents Online The president took his first question on the matter Thursday, saying he was “concerned that this happened.”
“I’m not concerned about the leak because — I’m concerned that it happened, but there’s nothing contemporary that I’m aware of that has great consequences,” Mr. Biden said.
Images of pages of paper documents have appeared on social media, and some of the materials detail daily updates to senior Pentagon leaders about operations in Ukraine, as well as other intelligence updates, according to a Pentagon official. The Biden administration is not publicly confirming the authenticity of any of the documents.
US President for a long time spoke of his Irish heritage, and the White House hosted elaborate celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day. Mr Biden hosted Irish Prime Minister Leo Eric Varadkar at the White House for St Patrick’s Day last month, complete with a performance by One Direction’s Niall Horan.
Mr Biden is the eighth sitting US president to visit Ireland. John F. Kennedy, the first Irish-Catholic president, was the first US president to visit. Mr. Biden’s sister, Valerie, and her adult son, Hunter, are traveling with the president.
On Friday, the President is due to visit County Mayo, where his Great-great-great grandfather was born in the 1840s. He is set to visit a sanctuary and genealogy center before speaking at a cathedral, according to the White House.
How to watch Biden’s speech to the Irish Parliament
what: President Biden addresses the Irish House of Parliament the date: April 13, 2023the time: 10:45 am ET location: Irish House of Parliament in Dublin Online stream: Live on CBS News in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.
Haley Ott contributed to this report.