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America has emulated our tax system, says Varadkar

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The Taoiseach says trade and Ireland's position in Europe will be top of his agenda when he meets with the US President Donald Trump at the White House later today.

"It is these spirits and these values that in my view makes America great, values which are more important than economic progress or force of arms", he said.

He'll also raise the issue of the undocumented Irish with the government hopeful some arrangement can be reached.

"I'm not into golf so I won't be playing golf with him if he comes to Doonbeg but perhaps it will be an opportunity for him to potentially visit some of the Irish companies that invest in the USA".

Mr Varadkar also plans to discuss Ireland's unique position in a post-Brexit Europe.

He sees this as giving Ireland an enhanced role as a bridge between the European Union and the US.

Now on the Taoiseach's annual St. Patrick's Day visit to the US, Varadkar has so far made an address in the capital to call for the official recognition of the Irish language in Northern Ireland, while also making specific reference to the same-sex laws in the state.

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Mr Varadkar, who in a speech in Washington DC on Tuesday called for redoubling of efforts to restore devolution after Easter, suggested such an intervention could be a means to forge a deal between the DUP and Sinn Fein.

The Taoiseach has said he does not plan to raise the issue of Russian Federation, but may bring up LGBT rights.

The Taoiseach said there had been no indication from the White House on whether Mr Trump plans to take up the existing offer.

Two days ahead of Ireland's national holiday, both President Trump and his staff will host two events to mark St Patrick's Day.

He said: "Donald Trump has invited me to Washington DC".

"The Taoiseach hasn't put any specifics on the table, we wait to see what he has in mind, and we will seek to meet with him".


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