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Mike Pence has Irish roots

Mike Pence has Irish roots

Mike Pence has Irish roots

US Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Ireland next week is set to be brought forward to Monday.

The Republican's two-day trip to Dublin and Co Clare was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday next week.

However, after the White House announced that Mr Pence would be travelling to Poland this weekend in place of US President Donald Trump, the vice president will be in Europe earlier than expected.

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It is understood he will arrive at Shannon Airport on Monday.

A Government spokesperson said: "Due to a change in the vice president's schedule, VP Mike Pence (inset) will meet with the Taoiseach on Tuesday instead of Friday."

Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Poland to deal with Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to make landfall in Florida over the coming days.

Last month Mr Pence spoke of how he was looking forward to celebrating his Irish roots as the country is "very near to his family's heart".

The White House previously confirmed that Mr Pence would be in the UK on September 4 and 5 to discuss Brexit, Iran and the "threat of Chinese malign influence", and then he would travel to Ireland to meet President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The White House said that during his trip to Ireland the vice president would affirm the United States' "commitment to maintaining peace, prosperity, and stability in Ireland."