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Trump to meet Varadkar in Shannon before Doonbeg stay

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Donald Trump’s visit to Co Clare has been confirmed with the President of the United States of America due to arrive in Ireland on June 5th.

On Tuesday night, the White House confirmed the trip was going ahead after much speculation over the past month. “President Donald J Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have accepted the invitation of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland to visit Ireland while they are in Europe for a state visit to the United Kingdom and for events in the United Kingdom and France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day,” the statement read.

A bi-lateral meeting between President Trump and the Taoiseach will take place at Shannon Airport upon his arrival. The two leaders last met at the White House in March when Varadkar took part in St Patrick’s Day celebrations at Washington DC. Trump had been due to visit the Republic of Ireland last November but the trip was postponed for scheduling reasons.

Though not confirmed by the White House, The Clare Echo understands that Trump will spend at least two nights in Doonbeg at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland before returning to the US on June 7th.

This Sunday, a significant Garda presence was evident in Doonbeg as Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation which owns the West Clare resort travelled to Doonbeg as part of a golfing trip with thirty business people. They arrived in Shannon Airport via private jet. Ennistymon company, Scales Coaches transported Eric and the business personnel who were accompanied by Gardaí that travelled from Dublin in SUVs.

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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