The traditional St Patrick's Day meeting between US President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin will now take place virtually.

Officials here and in Washington DC are currently working out how best to mark the day.

On Thursday, Mr Martin told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that he would visit the White House next month if he was invited.

"If I am invited, I will go," he said.

Mr Martin said he has not yet received an invitation to Washington but engagement with officials is continuing to see the best way for both administrations to mark St Patrick's Day.

He said that Ireland has a very important relationship with the US and he hopes "in some way to honour it and mark it" as the economic ties are key.

The Taoiseach also said there are other issues regarding the undocumented Irish in America he would like to raise with President Biden as well as seeking to work with US Aid's Samantha Power in relation to Irish Aid's work in developing countries.

Last night a spokesperson for Mr Biden said public events at the White House have been limited and she would check if the traditional St Patrick's Day celebration will go ahead next month.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about plans for the event at her daily press briefing and replied that she had a "special place in her heart for the Irish".

"We certainly have limited, as you can all see and know, public events. There has not been public events here. I'm happy to check with our team on that if there's any change as it relates to a traditional event that happens in March," Ms Psaki said.

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