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Leo Varadkar (R), Ireland's prime minister, presents a copy of letter signed by 300 congressmen in 1937 to congratulate Ireland on its new constitution, to Pelosi, during the Friends of Ireland luncheon at the Capitol on Thursday. Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., started her introductory speech regaling the history of the event, noting that it was started by President Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O'Neil in 1983. Pelosi said, "We gather to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick and to toast the friendship between our two nations." Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI
Varadkar said during the luncheon, "On behalf of the Irish people we thank the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the Congress for their vital help at this vital time to help us protect and ensure that there's no return to a hard border on the island in Ireland, whatever else may happen as a consequence." Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI