Donald Trump to visit Doonbeg golf resort in Ireland

Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by The News Editor

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Businessman Donald Trump, the presumptive US Republican presidential nominee, is to visit Ireland.

The billionaire announced his trip as part of a whistle-stop tour of his golf resorts later in the month, which will take place after he has been to Scotland.

Mr Trump owns the renowned golf links at Doonbeg in Co Clare, on the west coast of Ireland, and is battling to get planning permission for a huge wall to act as a sea defence.

The New York tycoon told his 8.6 million followers on Twitter on Thursday night that his trip starts on June 22 and he will be calling at Turnberry and Aberdeen, followed by Ireland.

The visit will coincide with US Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Ireland and the result of the Brexit referendum.

Mr Trump had already confirmed that he would be visiting his business interests in Scotland.

In a series of tweets, he said: “After @TrumpTurnberry I will be visiting Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, to see my great club, @TrumpScotland.

“After @TrumpScotland, I will visit @TrumpDoonbeg in Ireland, the magnificent resort fronting on the Atlantic Ocean.

“Then, on June 25th – back to the USA to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

The red carpet was rolled out for Mr Trump when he visited Ireland after buying Doonbeg in 2014.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan also greeted him off the plane.

But it is not clear what reception will be laid on for him in government circles this time after Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a damning criticism of his attitudes to immigration and branded some comments from the presidential campaign as “racist and dangerous”.

Mr Trump is expected to be formally named as the Republican nominee for the White House at the party’s national convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.

Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by The News Editor

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