US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner will host President Barack Obama in the Speaker’s traditional St Patrick’s Day lunch in the US Capitol on Friday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

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Former US president Bill Clinton with former SDLP leader John Hume and Mr Hume’s wife, Pat, as they walk the Peace Bridge in Derry yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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When then US president Bill Clinton (left) decided to issue a visa to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, then British prime minister John Major (right) would not speak to him and  “the British were incandescent with rage”,  former Irish diplomat Sean Donlon said.

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US President Ronald Reagan drinks a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tippeary, in 1984, accompanied by his wife Nancy. Photograph: Pat Langan

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Kieran McLoughlin (centre), president and chief executive of The American Ireland Fund, with from left, delegates Caitlin McCormick (New York), Reilly O’Connor (Washington DC),  Jennifer Carroll (Dublin) and John Travers (Dublin) at the The Ireland Funds Inaugural Global Young Leaders Forum held in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in June 2010. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

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