Mike Pence is to meet the PM of Ireland but the press is asked out

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

A media ban has been put in place for a meeting between the USA’s Vice-president Mike Pence, who is a prominent opponent of LGBT rights, with an Irish PM Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay. It is a tradition for Irish and American leaders to meet on St. Patrick’s Day which was last week. But for the firts time ever the press have been barred from covering the event – with no public comments between the two leaders or joint press conference, which would be conventional. And it has been rumored that such a decision came from no one rather than Pence. Sources within the Irish Government told the outlet they were “not happy” with the decision, blaming Pence’s office for the obstruction. Varadkar previously said he would raise LGBT rights with Pence

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