Ireland politicians Martin McGuinness (L) and Peter Robinson (R) have agreed not to travel to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day.
Northern Ireland politician Martin McGuinness has said he will not travel to the White House for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Sinn Fein’s McGuinness said he would stay in Northern Ireland to continue welfare reform talks.
McGuinness is Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister.
First minister Peter Robinson had already said he would not travel to the U.S. for the celebrations, saying it was “absurd” for him to travel to Washington.
Robinson added he did not want to put President Barack Obama in an embarrassing position.
In a statement on Sunday, Mr. McGuinness said: “The number one priority for me and my party is finding a resolution to the difficulties currently facing the Executive.”
He continued: “I have decided therefore in the best interests of trying to move the situation forward that I will not be traveling to the U.S. to take part in events marking St. Patrick’s Day.”