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Enda Kenny will have a meeting with Theresa May in Dublin today

This visit comes after the British Prime Minister met with US President Donald Trump on Friday.

THE DEPARTMENT OF the Taoiseach has confirmed that the British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Government Buildings later today to have a summit meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Speaking ahead of the meeting the Taoiseach said, “I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister May to Dublin.

This meeting will provide an opportunity for us to have a strategic and constructive discussion on issues of mutual concern and how we are going to work together to protect the interests of all our citizens on these islands.

In a statement the Taoiseach’s department added that, “Discussions will cover the current situation in Northern Ireland, the UK/Ireland Joint Work Programme and key bilateral issues that the UK and Ireland are committed to working closely on as the UK prepares to leave the EU.”

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This visit comes after the British Prime Minister met with US President Donald Trump on Friday.

May visits US - Day Two Stefan Rousseau Stefan Rousseau

The US President has barred all refugees from a number of countries from entering the country for three months — and those from war-ravaged Syria indefinitely.

Entry to the US is being denied to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

May came under fire over the weekend for not condemning what has become dubbed as Trump’s Muslim ban. However, she released a statement late on Saturday night saying she “did not agree” with the policy.

Kenny is also under pressure over calls from numerous politicians for the Taoiseach to cancel his upcoming visit to the White House to mark St Patrick’s Day.

No talk 

A request was made earlier this month for May to address the Dáil during her visit to Dublin.

However speaking last week, Kenny indicated that the request was turned down, saying, “My understanding is that the Prime Minister’s schedule will not allow that to happen and I am not in control of that schedule.”

The last UK Prime Minister to address the Houses of the Oireachtas was Tony Blair in November 1998.

Kenny travelled to London last July to speak with May about how Brexit would unfold.

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Read: Calls for Enda Kenny to cancel White House trip over Trump’s refugee ban>

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