Obama tipped for Ulster visit

NEW US President Barack Obama may visit Northern Ireland as soon as April, it has been speculated.

As he prepares to be sworn in on Tuesday, there were reports from Washington DC that the White House has been seriously considering a visit to Ireland to coincide with an expected Obama trip to a G2o world leaders' meeting in April in London.

Ulsterman will see Obama inauguration

Officially, the White House has only confirmed the new President's intention to travel to Canada as his first engagement outside the US.

But while nothing has been decided, a trip to Ireland - potentially both Dublin and Belfast - is said to have been assessed.

Meanwhile, DUP MP Gregory Campbell has tabled a motion at Westminster sending good wishes to the incoming President of the United States.

He said: "There is no doubt that the inauguration of President Barack Obama will be a hugely significant day, not just in the United States but across the world."

The MP said the US remained a world superpower with major importance for the Province in terms of inward investment.

In return, he noted: "Northern Ireland has much to be proud of within the United States and I am very keen that the Ulster-Scots, who left these shores and helped establish the democracy which Barack Obama represents, are recognised and commemorated.

"The links between Ulster and the United States are very strong and indeed the special relationship between the United Kingdom as a whole and the USA is something we all wish to see strengthened, so I am sure that this motion will attract support not just from Northern Ireland MPs, but from right across the House."

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