WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush will meet with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern on March 16 in Washington, the White House announced Friday.

``On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, they will mark the enormous contributions to America made by the Irish people. And, the two leaders will review ongoing ties, including the strong interest of the United States in supporting the Northern Ireland peace process,'' White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said.