Irish prime minister welcomed to State House

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Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, at left, stands next to Governor Charlie Baker at a ceremony outside the State House. Second from right is Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland and Irish Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson is at right.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito welcomed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson to the State House Monday.

The meeting comes as the state prepares for St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, a holiday celebrating Irish culture.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson’s visit to the State House comes during Irish-American Heritage month.

After the welcome on the State House steps, they walked to Governor Baker’s office for a private meeting where they discussed the technology and finance inter-connectivity of Massachusetts and Ireland.

The Irish culture runs deep in Massachusetts. More than 20-percent of Bay State residents have Irish ancestry according to the U.S. Census

“There are 100,000 Americans working for Irish companies in the U-S right now and that number is expected to grow going forward,” said Baker.

From here, Prime Minister Kenny plans to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump later this week.