Caretaker Taoiseach Enda Kenny is cutting short his St Patrick’s Day trip to Washington.

Caretaker Taoiseach Enda Kenny is cutting short his St Patrick's Day trip to Washington.

Mr Kenny handed in his resignation as Taoiseach to President Michael D Higgins on Thursday evening after failing to be reelected to the post

He is staying on until 22 March, at the earliest, in a caretaker role.

It was announced today that he will go ahead with the annual visit to Washington and meeting with the US President, Barck Obama in tat role but he has cancelled the second day of his two-day Washington trip.

The Irish government suggested it was to make him available for talks on forming the new government.

The Taoiseach will arrive in the US on Monday, (14 March)

On Tuesday he will meet President Barack Obama in the White House and have breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday morning.

He had been due to attend an economic lunch hosted by the Irish Embassy and a dinner organised by the American Ireland Fund where he was scheduled to meet Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and his predecessor John Boehner.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Foreign Charlie Flanagan will stand in for Mr. Kenny at those events.

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