The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that plans are nearly finalised for the visit to Ireland of US President Barack Obama.

Enda Kenny said President Obama will visit Moneygall in Co Offaly, which is the birthplace of one of his ancestors.

Mr Obama will also meet President Mary McAleese and make a public address in Dublin at an entertainment event.

Mr Kenny said tickets for the Dublin event would be made available free of charge to the public. The venue has yet to be confirmed.

The Taoiseach said the visit of President Obama and the Queen of England will instil confidence and hope in a brighter future.

Mr Kenny said senior US officials would visit Dublin in the coming days.

A Government spokesman said the precise arrangements for President Obama's itinerary would not be finalised until the advance party had completed its work.

He said the visit would be over 24 hours in duration with the President and First Lady due to stay here overnight.