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Gardaí ramp up security at Shannon Industrial Estate ahead of Trump’s visit

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Security measures have been ramped up ahead of the June visit of U.S. President Donald Trump with workers at the Shannon Industrial Estate having to pass Garda clearance en route to their place of employment on Wednesday morning.

Just hours after Donald Trump’s June visit to Clare was confirmed which includes a bi-lateral meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Shannon, men and women working in the Shannon Industrial Estate were questioned by Gardaí to make sure they “had no animosity” towards the President who also owns a resort in Doonbeg.

Industrial Estate workers’ had their registration numbers noted by Gardaí with their drivers licence also checked.

“I think it’s a bit ridiculous,” one male worker told The Clare Echo. Regarding the reaction of fellow employees when being questioned, he said “nobody was declaring any negatives towards Donald Trump”.

Since a possible visit to Clare by Trump was first announced, this employee has said, “I can see more Gardaí around the Industrial Estate already”.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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