Trump to visit Ireland in November

Trump to visit Ireland in November


Mr Trump leaving Shannon Airport after arriving in Ireland in 2015 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Green Party has called for mass protests following confirmation that US president Donald Trump will visit Ireland later this year.

The White House confirmed on Friday night that Mr Trump will visit here in November. He is due to travel to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war and will visit here on his way to or while returning from that event.

In a statement, the White House said Mr Trump wanted to “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations.”

This will be Mr Trump’s first visit to the country since his inauguration in January 2017. He last visited Co Clare in June 2015 when he stayed at his property in Doonbeg.

During a previous visit in 2014 Mr Trump was controversially met at Shannon Airport by finance Minister Michael Noonan and local public representatives.

Mr Trump waves for our camera during his last visit here in June 2015 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The details of his November visit have not been released but it’s expected to be a short stopover, it’s also not known whether he will visit Doonbeg.

During a visit to the UK in July, when he was met by mass protests, he played golf at his resort in Ayrshire, one of two he owns in Scotland.

It Mr Trump decides to visit his Co Clare hotel and golf resort it’s expected he will be met with some opposition. The Green Party has also already called for large scale public demonstrations when Mr Trump visits in November.

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.