Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in November has been cancelled

Leroy Wright
September 12, 2018

It's not clear why the visit has been cancelled, although it is believed the decision was made in the US.

A Government spokesperson said that the visit by Mr Trump has been "postponed for scheduling reasons".

Trump announced in August that he would travel to Ireland as part of a trip to attend the November 11 commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.

RTE reports that Trump was expected to visit the golf course and capital city around the weekend of November 11 coinciding with a trip to Paris. "As details are confirmed we will let you know".

Trump had been scheduled to stop in Ireland on his way back from commemorations of Armistice Day in France on November 11. And what will that say about the plans to "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations"?

While there will be many in Government buildings stifling a sigh of relief that the controversial visit has been pulled and the diplomatic headache avoided, it will be a brief reprieve because the cancellation brings with it a new raft of questions for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's government.

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said: "Trump's positions and demeanour on every issue of the day, from climate to women's rights, from worldwide relations to political decency, represent the opposite of Irish values".

"Clearly the outpouring of objections to this visit has had the desired effect as President Trump has decided not to come to Ireland".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had described the trip as coming "a little bit out of the blue", but insisted the US President's office must be respected.

The Labour Party, Green Party and Solidarity-People Before Profit pledged to organise protests surrounding the visit.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said last week that the visit "will be controversial, because everything Donald Trump does these days is controversial".

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