Beef on the table as prime minister talks trade with Irish leaders

PARIS – Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Ireland today as he continues his European trip.

While in Dublin, Harper will meet with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore.

Talks are expected to focus on trade — specifically the free-trade pact Canada is trying to broker with the European Union.

It’s believed Ireland and France are pushing back against Canadian demands for more duty-free access to European markets.

Harper has stopped in both countries on the pre-G8 leg of his trip.

He’ll stay in Dublin until Monday, when he heads to Northern Ireland for the G8 summit.