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Donald Trump calls off Irish visit as protester storms resort opening

By Ed Carty

Published 25/06/2016

Lee Nelson is led away as he attempts to present Donald Trump with a set of swastika-branded golf balls at Trump Turnberry resort yesterday
Lee Nelson is led away as he attempts to present Donald Trump with a set of swastika-branded golf balls at Trump Turnberry resort yesterday

Donald Trump has cancelled a planned stop-off at one of his golf resorts in Ireland.

After opening his revamped Turnberry course in Scotland, handlers for the US presidential hopeful revealed Mr Trump had been unable to schedule a flying visit to Doonbeg, Co Clare, before heading home. "Definitely not," a spokeswoman said.

The billionaire challenger for the US presidency announced to great fanfare earlier in the month that he would fly into the renowned Irish links as he awaited a decision on his plans to build a 2.8km sea defence barrier beside the course.

Mr Trump's visit was expected to clash with the latest leg of US vice-president Joe Biden's six-day trip to Ireland - an uncomfortable coincidence for the governments in Dublin and Washington.

Protests had also been planned for his arrival, including by leading Left-wing and green politicians, alongside a number of other campaign groups.

Trump's Turnberry ribbon-cutting ceremony in Scotland was interrupted by comedian Lee Nelson, whose real name is Simon Brodkin, trying to hand out swastika-branded golf balls.

The tycoon bought Doonbeg for €15m (£11.6m) before drawing up plans to build a wall to protect his prized investment. A decision on the sea wall is due next month.

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