Mike Pence Reportedly Asked For A Closed Event With Ireland's PM

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Clare County Council says it has no record of any communications by Mr Varadkar on the issue.

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin said it was an "extraordinary" that Leo made such representation as a government minister for a private United States citizen.

Mr Pence said it was an honour to host Mr Varadkar for the first time and said there were "great and productive discussions yesterday" at the White House, adding that under the two leaders the Irish-US relationship would strengthen.

"Someone nearby was trying to build a wind farm and this could have a real impact on tourism and the beauty of the landscape".

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

The Taoiseach said a firm date for his visit to Ireland had not yet been set - but the president had a "standing invitation". "Varadkar and Clare County Council must provide clear answers".

The company behind the proposed windmill also raised their concerns about Leo's confession.

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.

At the end of the news conference, Mr Varadkar presented Mr Trump with a shamrock bowl.

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Taoiseach needs to be more transparent in relation to his intervention with Clare County Council on behalf of President Trump regarding a planning application for a wind farm.

But, unlike Pence's breakfast with the previous prime minister a year ago, reporters weren't invited.

"It was something that was very much on his mind", he said.

President Trump praised the bond between the two countries, and joked about Ireland's notoriously low corporate tax rate. 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.

Mr Varadkar was asked about Mr Pence's decision not to allow the media to attend their scheduled meeting at his residence in Washington DC this morning.

This close relationship was on full display during Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's visit to the nation's capital on Thursday.

"At the other end of the phone was Donald Trump saying to me that he bought this resort in Ireland, in Co Clare, this attractive golf resort called Doonbeg but there was a problem".

The letter, which has been seen by Clare FM, was sent under the instruction of Minister Eoghan Murphy and warns Councillors that discussions of private planning applications could be viewed as an attempt to "exert undue influence" over the planning process. "It was not a court case or judicial matter".

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