Preparations for Trump visit progressing apace

Preparations for Trump visit progressing apace

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Members of the Defence Forces have also been deployed to Doonbeg for the security operation – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Preparations for the massive security operation being mounted for the visit of US President Donald Trump to Co Clare are continuing apace.

With less than two weeks before Air Force One carrying President Trump and the US First Lady lands at Shannon, Gardaí have less than two weeks to plan what is expected to be an unprecedented security operation.

The White House only confirmed on Tuesday night that the president will arrive in Ireland on June 5th, however Gardaí were deployed at Shannon Airport and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg last week in anticipation of the announcement.

While uniformed and plain-clothes Gardaí have been monitoring traffic entering Shannon Airport where Air Force One will land, officers are carrying out similar duties at Trump International in Doonbeg where President Trump and the First Lady will stay during their visit.

Gardaí on duty on the main access road to Shannon Airport – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Gardaí are patrolling the 400-acre property in both marked and unmarked vehicles while officers are also monitoring traffic movements onto the site and around the hotel itself.

Members of the Defence Forces arrived at the Doonbeg property in West Clare this morning and the Army, Navy and Air Corps are expected to play a part in the plan.

Meanwhile, companies based in the vicinity of Shannon Airport have been requested to submit details of employees and other persons who are expected to visit their premises while President Trump is in Clare.

The Managing Director of Trump International in Doonbeg, Mr Joe Russell, has been meeting with other hoteliers in the United States who have hosted Mr Trump in the past.

Mr Russell told Clare FM this morning, that on his return from the US, hotel management will be engaging with locals to inform them of what to expect during the visit which he said “will be unlike anything experienced there before.”

A Garda on duty at Doonbeg today – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
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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.

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