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Donald Trump's autumn visit to Ireland postponed because of 'scheduling reasons'

Donald Trump with taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

Donald Trump's visit to Ireland this autumn has been "postponed" due to scheduling reasons, according to the Irish Government.

The US president was due to embark on a two-day trip, including a visit to his golf course in Doonbeg, County Clare, and Dublin around the weekend of November 10-11.

The White House announced on August 31 that Mr Trump would travel to Paris for a commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice which ended the fighting in the First World War.

His visit to Ireland was due to coincide.

A spokesman for the Irish Government said: "I can confirm that the proposed visit of the US president is postponed. The US side has cited scheduling reasons."

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously said news of the visit came a little bit out of the blue.

Irish activists espousing left-wing and environmentalist causes had pledged to hold protests.

Doonbeg golf course and hotel in Co Clare. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Mr Trump was originally invited to Ireland by former taoiseach Enda Kenny on his final St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House last year.

That offer was reiterated by Mr Varadkar last March.

Last week Ireland’s deputy premier Simon Coveney said the Irish government was "a little taken by surprise" when the announcement was made.

Mr Coveney said: "It will be controversial because everything Donald Trump does these days is controversial."

It was to be Mr Trump’s first visit to Ireland since he assumed the office.

Brendan Howlin, leader of the Labour Party in the Republic, said Mr Trump was "no friend of democracy or human rights".