Stars such as Ruth Negga, Allen Leech, Aisling Bea and Jared Harris have joined Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at an event in Los Angeles celebrating Ireland's contribution to the film industry.

Addressing the dinner, which was hosted by Screen Ireland, the Taoiseach said Ireland wants to double the size of its audiovisual sector, increasing production activity and employment.

"The Irish Government has an open ear to the requests of the sector for creative ways in which we can assist. For example, through the amendment to the Taxes Consolidation Act," he said.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Allen Leech

The Taoiseach is in Los Angeles for a two-day trade mission focussed on growing Ireland's TV and film industries.

He is meeting senior executives from some of the world's leading streaming companies, studios and networks, including Netflix, Hulu, Skydance and Fox Searchlight.

Earlier, the Taoiseach opened a new Consulate General of Ireland in Los Angeles.

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