Tonight’s starter topic is fittingly from the Irish Examiner:
Mike Pence has told Leo Varadkar his partner, Matthew Barrett, would be welcome in his home next year. Asked about his meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, Mr Varadkar said: “We had a really, really good breakfast this morning with Mike Pence, his wife and his family, got to meet his mother. “His mother really knows Ireland very well. Her father was born in Ireland.”
“I did privately manage to speak to them about equality and my support for equal rights for women and the LGBT community here in America and also in Ireland,” Mr Varadkar said. “They were very well-briefed. They knew about my personal story, they knew that my partner was living in Chicago and they said that both Matt and I would be welcome to visit their home in future, so I thought that was a very nice gesture.