BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is welcoming Ireland’s prime minister to the Statehouse.

On Monday Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, both Republicans, will host Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Irish Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson at the Statehouse.

The 10:30 a.m. meeting comes as Massachusetts gears up for St. Patrick’s Day on Friday.

It also comes as organizers of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade reversed course Friday and agreed to allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year’s parade.

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade’s Twitter account it had signed an “acceptance letter” that would clear the way for OutVets to participate.

A lawyer for OutVets said Friday that the group looked forward to “marching proudly” and representing LGBTQ veterans.

  1. Richard Diaz says:

    I wish they would just pursue on annexing Ireland to the United States and making Ireland the 51st State. One that would put U.S. territory less than 50 miles away from England. Also allowing Americans to relocate to Europe and still be living in America. Hopefully an underwater tunnel could be built to link the State of Ireland to England through Dublin. Although far away, the State of Ireland would still not be as isolated from the rest of the States as Hawaii is. Ireland would also be the newest U.S. State since Hawaii 57 years ago.

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