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Donald Trump set to arrive in Ireland

The US president and his wife will spend two nights at his Doonbeg hotel and golf resort in Co Clare.

Donald Trump will land in Ireland later today following his UK state visit.

Air Force One is expected to land at Shannon Airport on Wednesday afternoon, and the US president and his wife Melania will spend two nights at his Doonbeg hotel and golf resort in Co Clare.

During his visit, he will hold a bilateral meeting with Irish premier Leo Varadkar at Shannon Airport.

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Leo Varadkar (Brian Lawless/PA)

It is understood the two leaders will discuss the EU and Brexit, as well as international issues.

Some of these include immigration, trade, US support for Northern Ireland and the EU-US relationship.

Mr Trump and the First Lady’s visit to Ireland comes after a busy schedule in the UK where the couple took part in a number of engagements.

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Donald and Melania Trump with the Queen (Toby Melville/PA)

The Trump family met the royal family at a lavish state banquet, where senior royals, captains of industry and other leading figures gathered to honour the president.

He also held a joint press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of his visit.

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Theresa May with Donald Trump (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Opponents of the President predict that thousands of people will take part in protests across Ireland to coincide with Mr Trump’s visit.

The protests have prompted a massive security operation across parts of the country.

The Donald Trump “baby blimp” is expected to fly over the skies of Dublin at the largest of the demonstrations.

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The Trump baby blimp (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The Stop Trump Ireland coalition will stage a national protest in Dublin on Thursday at the Garden of Remembrance.

A Shannonwatch peace camp will be erected at Shannon Airport for the duration of his stay.

Mr Trump had been due to visit Ireland last November, but the trip was postponed for operational reasons.

He will also attend events in France on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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