Tight security for Trump jet stop in Shannon

Tight security for Trump jet stop in Shannon


The Trump Organisation’s luxury Boeing 757 jet at Shannon this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Security was tight at Shannon Airport yesterday as the Trump Organisation’s private jet made a refuelling stop while en route to the Middle East.

The luxury Boeing 757-200 jet arrived in Shannon from JFK Airport in New York at 9.45am. The aircraft was met at the terminal by airport authorities and gardaí.

It’s understood the President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jnr, was on board with US media reporting he was due to arrive in India tomorrow for a series of engagements.

The flight departed Shannon at around midday after being refuelled and travelled onto Cairo in Egypt. It’s understood that Mr Trump will then travel onto India where he already has a number of engagements planned.

According to US media reports, Mr Trump will visit Delhi in an effort to attract investors in the family’s proposed Trump Towers Delhi due to be completed in 2023. Donald Trump Jnr is expected to attend the project’s ground-breaking ceremony.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A spokesman for Trump’s International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg Co Clare confirmed however that they were not expecting any member of the Trump.

It’s not clear however whether Mr Trump has any plans to visit Co Clare on his return from India.

Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation Eric Trump visited the Co Clare property twice last year also amid heavy security.

In April, he travelled to Doonbeg for a series of meetings including discussions on the future of the facility and an ongoing planning process surrounding proposed coastal protection works at the property.

Eric Trump arriving in Doonbeg by helicopter in April – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Eric Trump returned to Co Clare in July with a group of 30 business people from the US on the final leg of a tour of Trump properties in Scotland and Ireland.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.