Donald Trump's Shannon visit likely to be met with protests

 US Presidential nominee expected to visit Doonbeg

Alan Owens

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Donald Trump's Shannon visit likely to met with protests

The Donald: Trump in Shannon in 2014 Picture: Sean Curtin

THE presumptive Republican nominee for the US Presidency is likely to be met with protests on his arrival at Shannon Airport later this month.

Donald Trump has stated his intention to visit his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, likely on Friday, June 24.

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

It is expected that the controversial politician and businessman will fly in and out of Shannon, but the airport was remaining tightlipped this week on any potential plans.

It is expected that the visit will not be an official one, so no State representatives will meet Mr Trump, unlike in 2014, when the red carpet was rolled out for his arrival.

“Shannon has a tradition for welcoming all its visitors including VIPs,” said a spokesperson.

“Donald Trump is a customer and we are a business – we welcome all customers. Donald Trump has a significant business investment in our region, has been through Shannon on a number of occasions but we do not comment on his or any other airport user’s arrangements.”

A spokesperson for finance minister Michael Noonan, who drew some criticism for welcoming Mr Trump on the red carpet at Shannon in 2014, said he was “not aware of any requests being made” of the long-serving Limerick TD in relation to a potential Trump visit.

A meeting was held in Dublin this week to co-ordinate Trump Not Welcome protests when the outspoken politician arrives later this month.

The meeting was attended by TDs from the Anti Austerity Alliance, People Before Profit and the Green Party, as well as activists in women’s, anti-war and anti-racist groups.

A protest has been called for Dublin on June 23, while a spokesperson for the group said that “groups in Clare and Shannon would be communicated with to co-ordinate protests there on the Thursday or Friday of Trump's stay”.

“The message is one of Trump Not Welcome – international solidarity against racism, sexism and discrimination,” said the spokesperson.

“The meeting agreed to contact migrant, women, disability and  Muslim groups, as well as trade unions to support the protest,” they added, noting that further details would be announced in due course.

Donald Trump bought Doonbeg for around €10m in 2014 and promised to invest upwards of €45m in the resort, which has undergone major upgrade works. 

Mr Noonan said at the time of the investment that it was “great news for Clare” and “great news for the tourism industry in the Mid-West, and it’s great news for Shannon Airport because I’m sure he’ll fly a lot of the top golfers in through here”.

Mr Trump said at the time: “I love Ireland. It is a special place, special people. There is a tremendous level of energy and brainpower in Ireland and I like those two qualities, I like them very much.”

His incendiary comments during the presidential campaign have drawn criticism on both sides of the Atlantic, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny last week describing his comments about immigration and the Middle East as “racist and dangerous”.