The Taoiseach is meeting the US president at the White House tomorrow

The Taoiseach has confirmed plans to invite US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland.

Leo Varadkar said the invitation issued by Enda Kenny last year still stands.

He said he will renew the invite when meets the US President at the White House tomorrow, adding that he hopes President Trump may visit the border with Northern Ireland during his stay.

Mr Varadkar is expected to emphasise the strength of Irish-US relations and highlight the issue of the undocumented Irish when the two men meet.

“The invitation that Taoiseach Enda Kenny made to Donald Trump stands,” he said.

“Donald Trump has invited me to Washington DC, I am here this week.

“He is going to invite me to his house and I think it is absolutely appropriate – it is just normal hospital – that when somebody invites you to their country and their house that you reciprocate with an invitation.

“So certainly that invitation absolutely still stands.”   

The traditional shamrock ceremony will take place as part of the White House St Patrick’s Day reception tomorrow afternoon.

The Taoiseach will then be guest of honour at a breakfast hosted by US Vice President Mike Pence on March 16th