Trump To Visit Ireland In November
The US President Donald Trump is to visit Ireland in November.
The White House announced plans for the visit in a statement on Friday evening.
President Trump is making the trip as part of a European tour that will also see him travel to Paris for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought the First World War to a close.
The White House says the Irish visit will "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations."
Tánaiste Simon Coveney confirmed the news, saying: "The US President is always welcome in Ireland. Our two countries have such strong historic, economic, cultural and family ties. Maintaining those connections is always a top priority."
We understand that President Trump will stop in Ireland for a brief visit on his way to or from the Armistice commemorations in Paris on November 11th.— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) August 31, 2018
However, the announcement has also led to calls for mass protests against the visit.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan called on people to turn out in large numbers "to show their disgust and rejection of the Trump administration's policies".
He added: "We're calling on Irish people to tell our Government to cancel this visit; and for them to demonstrate in never-before-seen numbers should they fail to do so."
People Before Profit also said it will be part of organising "massive protests".
Labour's Brendan Howlin, meanwhile, pledged his party "will join with like-minded people to oppose this visit".