Hillary Clinton plans to visit Ireland in 2016 as part of her fundraising campaign.

The Irish Independent reports that a member of Clinton’s finance committee says a trip to Ireland is in the works for the U.S. presidential candidate.

John Fitzpatrick, one of New York's best-known hoteliers and a close associate of Clinton, said: "We have definitely spoken about it and are hoping to do some sort of fundraiser next year in Ireland."

Democrats Abroad Ireland, the official arm of the party for U.S. citizens who live outside the U.S., suggested earlier this year that former president Bill Clinton will make a visit to Ireland as part of his wife’s campaign.

A spokesman said there is a "strong incentive" for the couple to visit the country.  A visit by the Clintons could boost the Irish-American vote ahead of the November election.

Dr Jack Thompson, a lecturer at UCD's Clinton Institute, told the Irish Independent that political and personal ties between the Clintons and Ireland remain strong.

"Irish Americans remain influential in the Democratic Party as fundraisers and insiders, especially in the Northeast. That is one reason Hillary may well fundraise here," he said.

This past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the Clintons’ historic visit to the north, when then president Bill Clinton issued a passionate and persuasive plea for the Northern Ireland peace process.