The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys has held talks with senior officials in Washington including the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Among the issues discussed were upcoming tariffs on steel and aluminium imports as well as trade links between the US and Ireland.

The EU has been granted a temporary exemption until 1 June from controversial US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. 

Following the talks, Ms Humphreys said that Ireland’s goal is to promote deeper and more constructive trade relations between the European Union and the US.

She added that there has been disappointment that the EU has not been granted a permanent exemption from the new tariffs.

Minister Humphreys said a long-term solution needs to be found through dialogue and negotiation.

Trade links between the US and Ireland, Brexit and cyber security were among the other issues discussed at today’s meeting.