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Coveney going North `where there is real work to do' during Trump visit
Tánaiste [Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister] Simon Coveney will not meet US president Donald Trump today as he is going to Northern Ireland "where there is real work to do".

He will be participating in talks with representatives of the five main political parties in the North along with Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. "We want to get a deal before the marching season," he said.

Mr Coveney told RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland that President Michael D Higgins got "the mood of the Irish people quite well" in his comments about Mr Trump's position on climate change.

When asked about Mr Higgins's description of Mr Trump's policy on climate change as "regressive and pernicious", Mr Coveney said he thought the word regressive was a better adjective.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's main focus during talks with Mr Trump will be on protecting Ireland's interests and the peace process, he said.

"It's no secret that we don't agree with President Trump's views on Brexit. The focus of the talk will be the impact of Brexit on Ireland. Successive US administrations have been supportive of the peace process.

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