US President Joe Biden has said that he is looking forward to working with Taoiseach Micheál Martin on a variety of issues including tackling Covid-19 and the climate crisis. 

In a letter to be read at a virtual Irish-American event tomorrow, Mr Biden states: "We have much to do to address the great challenges of our time; this deadly pandemic, the economic unease and anxiety, the climate crisis, and the rise of political extremism and risk of isolationism."

The message will be shared at the Annual Gala of Glucksman Ireland House, the centre for Irish and Irish-American Studies at New York University.

"Let us work together so we are the nations where hope reigns with an optimism that is brave and digs deep," Mr Biden states in his letter. 

President Biden also makes reference to his "Irish American family that imbued in me a sense of pride that spoke of both continents, a heart and soul that drew from the old and new; pride in community, faith, and above all, family."

He is due to speak virtually with the Taoiseach as part of the annual St Patrick's Day celebrations next month.

Mr Martin is also due to take part in tomorrow night's gala, which this year will honour former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, the Vice Chairman of Bank of America, Anne M Finucane, and award-winning New York Times journalist Dan Barry.

The Chair of Glucksman Ireland House, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, has said the event would be a celebration of the best of Ireland and Irish-America.

"This year, we are delighted to make the online gala free and open to all in our community, near and far," she said.