Saturday 25 February 2017

Trump's $2,000 'donation' to Failte Ireland

Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

Donald Trump is set to visit Ireland later this month Photo: PA
Donald Trump is set to visit Ireland later this month Photo: PA

Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he made a charitable gift worth $2,000 (€1,750) to Failte Ireland in February 2015.

Failte Ireland is listed as one of the recipients of his charitable giving in a 93-page document prepared by Trump's campaign team, among 4,843 others.

When queried, the national tourism development authority said it does not accept charitable donations.

Its position on his list of charitable giving may be linked to its relationship with Trump's Doonbeg Golf Course and Hotel in Clare, a spokesperson said. Doonbeg paid around $2,000 to attend a trade show with Failte Ireland in February 2015, as did several other companies, the spokesperson said.

Trump has been criticised by some US media outlets over the contents of the charitable giving list. The Washington Post has written that many of the donations listed were free rounds of golf at his golf courses.

The billionaire has just announced that he will visit Ireland later this month as part of a whistle-stop tour of his golf resorts. The visit should coincide with US vice president Joe Biden's trip to Ireland.

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