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US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland 'within weeks'

Leo Varadkar greets Donald Trump in Washington. Credit: Niall Carson/PA
Leo Varadkar greets Donald Trump in Washington. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

By Cormac McQuinn

US President Donald Trump is set to visit the Republic of Ireland within weeks, US-based sources have said.

Mr Trump is set to travel to Europe at the start of June.

He is expected to use his Co Clare resort at Doonbeg as a base for his attendance at D-Day commemorations in France.

He is to travel to Ireland on June 5 before flying to France for the World War II memorial the following day.

Mr Trump will then return to Ireland and will be in Co Clare on June 7 and 8.

Mr Trump is expected to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during his visit and the US President is likely to play a round of golf at Doonbeg.

The White House is expected to confirm details of the visit within the next week.

An advance team of White House officials and Secret Service agents is due in Clare in the coming days to scope out logistics and security arrangements.

It follows a previous visit by US officials in recent weeks.

The President was due to come last November but cancelled the trip without an explanation.

On that occasion the planned stopover was on his way home from Armistice Day commemorations in France.

Mr Varadkar reissued the long-standing invitation during his visit to the White House on St Patrick’s Day.

Mr Trump revealed his intention to come to Ireland in 2019 during Mr Varadkar's visit to Washington for St Patrick's Day festivities.

He said: "I'll be coming at some point during the year. I missed it last time, but I would have loved to have been there. It's a special place."

He said he had a "warm spot" for Doonbeg.

Mr Trump is likely to get a warm welcome in Co Clare.

Local minister Pat Breen has already said the visit would be an opportunity to showcase "the most beautiful coastline in Ireland".

However, there are also likely to be protests against the controversial businessman turned politican.

A coalition of activist groups including anti-war protesters and left-wing politicians are planning to demonstrate in Dublin and Clare. The Irish Anti-War Movement is among groups who plan to protest.

Spokesman Jim Roche has accused Mr Trump of escalating the war in Afghanistan and stepping up support for the "horrific regime" in Saudi Arabia.

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