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George Bush set for June NI visit

BY Martina Purdy
BBC NI political correspondent

President George W Bush
Details of Mr Bush's visit are still being worked out

US President George W Bush is to visit Northern Ireland next month. The visit follows this month's US investment in Belfast.

The details of the presidential visit are still being worked out.

However, it is understood that Mr Bush wants to put his seal of approval on devolution.

He was invited to do so by the First and Deputy First Ministers Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, who visited him at the White House last December.

George Bush was rather taken with the two leaders and, instead of their allotted 15 minutes, spent more than a hour speaking to them about how he could help the new administration.

It is thought that the President is likely to visit Stormont along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Previously, Mr Bush came to Northern Ireland in 2003 for a summit at Hillsborough with Tony Blair.

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