Donald Trump to visit Ireland later this year

Donald Trump to visit Ireland later this year

DONALD TRUMP will make his long-awaited visit to the Republic of Ireland later this year.

The US President had been due to visit Ireland in 2018 but the trip was ultimately cancelled for scheduling reasons.

He will now visit the Republic in 2019 after confirming his plans during a press conference with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Varadkar met the President at the White House as part of the of St Patrick's Day celebrations in Washington DC.

The event saw Varadkar present President Trump with the traditional bowl of shamrock as part of an annual ceremony that dates all the way back to the 1950s.

The two leaders spoke in glowing terms about one another, with Trump stating that he and Varadkar have become “fast friends”.

Varadkar, meanwhile, was full of praise for Trump and his ambitions to “make America great again”.

He also thanked Trump and the US Congress for introducing a new via programme which will give more Irish citizens the opportunity to work in the US each year.

Trump, meanwhile, confirmed he would be visiting Ireland, which he considers to be “a special place”.

July has been mooted as a possible time for Trump to visit, with Northern Ireland set to host the Open Championship from July 18th to July 21st.