President Michael D Higgins arrives in the United States today for his first official visit.

He will be met on arrival in New York by Ireland's Ambassador to the US Michael Collins and the Consul General of Ireland to New York Noel Kilkenny.

Later, President Higgins will attend a reception hosted by the Consul General and address over 300 members of the Irish Community at Ireland House on Park Avenue.

The address will include an invitation from President Higgins to the Irish and Irish-American communities in the US to become involved in the task of remaking Ireland's economy and society.