Trump cancels Ireland visit

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during the Shamrock Bowl Presentation at the White House in March

During his stay in Ireland, Donald Trump was expected to visit his golf course in Doonbeg, County Clare on the west coast, as well as Dublin. It said USA officials had "cited scheduling reasons".

The Irish Government had been heavily criticised for the planned visit.

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.

"We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip", she said.

"The relationship between Ireland and the U.S.is so strong and so important, much more important than any Irish government or any USA administration", he told Irish broadcaster RTE.

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He had been due in Ireland the following day.

Donald Trump's decision to change his mind, and to cancel the trip, will likely come as a major relief to the Irish Government, and especially to the Taoiseach.

Last month, the White House said Mr Trump would visit Ireland as part of a wider trip to Europe to "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's administration was "caught totally unaware" when asked by the Independent - and a spokesman said he could not confirm any new developments.

A number of political parties - including Labour, the Green Party, and People Before Profit - had called for protests to coincide with the visit.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Simon Conveney admitted the Irish government was "a little bit taken by surprise" when the announcement of the US President's visit was made.

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