The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is travelling to Washington DC ahead of a series of high-level engagements this week on commerce and trade.

Mr Varadkar will meet with senior figures including the US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and the United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Areas of discussion will include Covid and Brexit challenges, trade and the upcoming Trade and Technology Council meeting between the EU and US.

"Trade will be crucial in helping us recover and build better than before once the pandemic is over. Like the last economic crisis, it will be our attractiveness as a place to invest, our reputation and our reliability that will help us reach full employment," Mr Varadkar said.

During his time in Washington, the Tánaiste will take part in a roundtable meeting with the US Chamber of Commerce and speak at an event, 'Twin Transitions: Ireland and the Transatlantic Economic Recovery' at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Latest figures show that there are 900 US companies in Ireland employing 180,000 people but the flow of investment is a two-way relationship.

"Almost 1,000 companies of Irish origin employ 110,000 people in the US across all 50 states. This makes Ireland the 9th largest source of foreign direct investment into the US, a remarkable achievement for a country and economy approximately 1/70th the size of the US," Mr Varadkar said.