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Trump speaks at shamrock bowl presentation, with Irish prime minister in town

19 March, 2018, 12:51 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives a Foreign Policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his week long visit to the United States of America Niall Carson  PA Wire

He said during the discussions the president raised the issue of the Irish "undocumented" - those now living in the USA without legal permission to remain.

Leo Varadkar has promised to raise the issue of gay rights with Mike Pence, who has been criticised for his stance in the past.

But Mr Varadkar said he will not be playing golf with him if the U.S. president does make the trip.

The Taoiseach told an event in Washington to mark St Patrick's Day that he was contacted four years ago by the now US President who had a "problem" with the nine-turbine Shragh project in County Clare.

However, the Labour leader Brendan Howlin says ministers shouldn't get involved in planning matters in any way.

He went into a little more detail about his meetings with Mr Trump on Thursday, describing him as "very personable, very engaged" but added he was not "a conventional politician" and tended to move from one topic to another quite quickly.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he is proud to walk in the St Patrick's Day parade in NY on Saturday alongside his partner Matt, as he made his final engagement of his week-long trip to the United States.


"A tremendous number of Irish are living in NY, where I grew up and they're living in the United States", said Trump, who also owns a golf club in Ireland.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach later insisted he had not acted inappropriately.

"That is an interesting border also, we have two interesting borders", he said, apparently alluding to the US/Mexico frontier where he wants to build a wall. Why does Clare County Council say they have no record of this phone call? That has been interpreted as support for "ex-gay" conversion therapy, although Pence through a spokesperson has denied he ever supported the practice. "And there was an openness to that in the White House and certainly on the Hill".

He then continued, saying: "They were very well briefed". The public also need to know whether or not the representation interfered with the planning process in Doonbeg because it was coming from a Minister.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the invitation for President Donald Trump to visit Ireland still stands and it might be an opportunity for him to visit the border with Northern Ireland.

"It's normal for ministers to seek information on planning applications when issues are raised by citizens, businesses or investors. It was not a court case or judicial matter".

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