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Irish Taoiseach under fire over Donald Trump golf…

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor Maryland President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference
Isaac Mcdaniel | 19 March, 2018, 12:49

"He's a very direct man, likes to get things done".

'The Guinness does taste better in Ireland but I realize this isn't the year to bring up trade issues, ' Ryan joked.

"There's a problem nearby".

He added: "I endeavoured to do what I could do about it and I rang the county council and inquired about the planning permission, and subsequently the planning permission was declined and the wind farm was never built".

Afterwards, Mr Varadkar said he tried to assist Mr Trump.

He said that future US President was concerned about a wind farm being giving planning permission beside his golf course in Doonbeg.

Clare County Council later issued a statement to say all "representations, objections and observations" on the planning application were available to view on the planning file.

A spokesman for Mr Varadkar later moved to clarify the Taoiseach's remarks, insisting there was nothing inappropriate about what he had done.

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. He should have made that public earlier. "Clare County Council now need to outline who the Minister contacted and whether there is a record of what was said", Ryan said. Shocking he seem not to think all that's wrong here.

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The Taoiseach admitted he did not play golf but said he was always ready to learn and the President could take him for a few rounds.

St Patrick's Day is the fourth and final stop on the Taoiseach's week-long visit to the United States to promote Ireland.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar thanked the president for celebrating Irish heritage, saying there are more people celebrating St. Patrick's Day in America than anywhere else in the world.

"We're having some talks about trade, about military, about cyber and all of the other things".

Trump said the two countries have an "outstanding relationship".

"It really is [Irish people] a very special group of people".

Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire Gerry Adams with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a St Patrick's Day breakfast event at Gracie Mansion in New York.

Speaking in NY after his attendance at the annual mayor's breakfast, Mr Varadkar said he had nothing further to add on the Doonbeg controversy, though he confirmed that he did not have any contact with Donald Trump after his email to Failte Ireland.

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