The billionaire announced his plans to visit his golf course in Doonbeg, Co. Clare after spending time at his Scottish courses.
“After @TrumpScotland, I will visit @TrumpDoonbeg in Ireland, the magnificent resort fronting on the Atlantic Ocean,” he tweeted.
In what will be his first overseas trip since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, Trump will leave for Scotland on June 22, visiting golf courses in Aberdeen and Turnberry before heading to Ireland. He plans to return to the US on June 25.
The billionaire’s trip will coincide with that of Vice President Biden’s first family trip to Ireland from June 21 to June 26 and will also see Trump in Britain for the “Brexit” referendum on June 23, when British voters will decide whether they wish to remain a member state of the EU or not.
Then, on June 25th- back to the USA to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2016
The news of Vice President Biden’s visit was officially announced by Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny at the launch of a three-week Irish festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in May in which the Taoiseach declared that the Vice President would be “coming home.”
Biden, who was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2014, often speaks of his proud Irish roots, traced back to counties Mayo and Louth, and he holds a long-standing invitation from the Irish government to travel to further research his roots in the island.
Although the Vice President has had many stop-overs in Shannon Airport, Co. Clare, while in office, he has never properly visited the country with his family. They now plan to return to Ireland in a personal capacity.
Although Trump will also be “coming home” to the birthplace of his mother Mary Anne MacLeod, who hails from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, it is not believed he plans to visit family during his trip, the main purpose of his journey being the reopening of his golf course in Turnberry.
While Biden’s family are eager to welcome him home, the reaction to Trump’s Irish visit has been mixed, with local councillors in Clare claiming he is entitled to visit his property while others call for protests regarding his comments on immigration, women, and climate change.
Can't wait for Trump's visit, Official Ireland won't know which way to look!! Should they bend over, walk away or drop to their knees??— David McWilliams (@davidmcw) June 3, 2016
Don't support #Trump but coz he is official Rep' Pres' Candidate he should be welcomed to Ireland by Gov't & used to promote Irish tourism.— Gavin Duffy (@GavinDuffy) June 3, 2016
Mayor of Clare James Breen said that "anyone who invests in the country should be welcomed here," highlighting the money the real-estate mogul has invested into Clare county.
Members of the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA), however, believe that a clear stance must be shown in protest to Trump's sometimes controversial policies.
"There should be a protest to send a clear message that he and his policies aren't welcome here and that we stand in solidarity with the thousands of people from all backgrounds who have protested against him in the US," said AAA TD Paul Murphy.
Ruth Coppinger from the AAA also believes Trump’s comments on women should warrant protest from the pro-choice movement in Ireland.
"Trump is a sexist misogynist ... Women and young people in Ireland who have campaigned for repeal of the 8th and against sexism and the oppression of women should mobilise against him," she said.
The Green Party have joined their call with leader Eamon Ryan asking for "a peaceful, purposeful protest to show the world that Ireland rejects the divisive views espoused by Trump."
"We will not meet our common challenges by building walls between nations or by demonising people of different faiths,” he continued.
"We have skin in this game because his efforts to undermine climate action will put us all at peril. We have an obligation during this visit to say to our Irish-American cousins: 'Whatever you do, please do not vote for this man'.”
Trump’s announcement also comes just days after Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny referred to the presidential candidate as "racist and dangerous".
Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan had not been notified that Trump planned to visit Ireland but told RTÉ News: "Our understanding is that Mr. Trump is visiting Ireland in a personal capacity. As is the case with all visitors to this country, we wish him a pleasant stay."
Acquiring the Co. Clare hotel and golf course at a steal in 2014 (he spent only an estimated $9.9), Trump has invested an additional $16.3 million (€15 million) in Doonbeg, boosting the regional tourism economy by $15.7 million (€14.5 million).
Trump’s representative in Ireland, TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd, also revealed recently that the hotel has hopes of hosting the Irish Open golf tournament in Doonbeg in the future, forecasting a massive $41.2 million (€38 million) bonus for the west Clare region between 2017 and 2024.
In recent months, however, Trump International in Ireland has caused controversy by attempting to build yet another wall, this time around the golf course to protect the from erosion during stormy weather.
Trump’s visit to Ireland is surprising as earlier this year he announced he no longer had any interest in his golf club investment in Co. Clare, stating that the Doonbeg golf resort was “small potatoes” and he was leaving it to his children to maintain.
"We spent a lot of money on making it just perfecto and now it’s doing great. But I don’t care about that stuff anymore. It is like small potatoes, right,” he said.
Following Trump’s controversial comments on immigration, a wall along the Mexican border, and a ban on Muslims entering the country while the US deals with terror threats, petitions were submitted to the Irish government asking for a ban to be placed on Trump traveling to Ireland. It is reported that the ban will be discussed in the Dáil (Irish parliament) in the coming months.Irish Times