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Trump to visit Ireland in November

President Donald Trump is to visit Ireland in November
Paul Ainsworth

US President Donald Trump will visit Ireland during a trip to Europe in November.

The White House said he hopes to "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

Mr Trump is due to attend a commemoration in Paris marking the centenary of the armistice which ended the First World War on November 11.

The Irish government said it expects the US President for a "brief visit" on his way to or from the event.

The trip to Ireland will be his first as US President. He last visited in 2014.

Mr Trump was invited by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during St Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House in March, when the President said: "I look forward to being there. It's a great country."

He also spoke of his golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare, which he purchased in 2014.

It is understood Mr Trump will visit the resort, along with Dublin, when Air Force One touches down in November.

Foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney said he is "always welcome in Ireland".

The President faced tens of thousands of protestors when he made his first official visit to the UK in July. He did not go to London, the scene of the protests.

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