Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is coming under pressure to share concerns about matters such as climate change and LGBT issues with US President Donald Trump when he visits Ireland next month.
Mr Trump will meet with Mr Varadkar during a brief stop here on June 6. Diplomatic sources confirmed the visit and that Government officials have assessed potential venues for the bilateral meeting, including Dromoland Castle, Co Clare.
US first lady Melania Trump will accompany Mr Trump, who is expected to stay at his Doonbeg golf course resort.
Mr Trump is to make a state visit to the UK from June 3 to 5, then attend Armistice Day centenary commemorations on June 6 in Normandy, before flying to Ireland.
Health Minister Simon Harris said he disagrees with an “awful lot” of what Mr Trump represents, but added:
A respectful relationship involves telling people the truth about how you feel about their position on LGBT issues, about how you feel about their position on women’s reproductive health, how you feel about their position on climate change, how you feel about their position on how you respond to the refugee crisis across the world.
"The Taoiseach has never been one to shy away from making his views known and I’m sure there will be opportunities if President Trump does visit."
Mr Varadkar said: “If President Trump comes to Ireland, he will be treated with respect and given the welcome that his office deserves. The President of America is always welcome in Ireland, just as the Taoiseach and Irish President are always welcome in the United States.”
Mr Varadkar ruled out playing golf with Mr Trump in Doonbeg.