Saturday 21 September 2019

Pence's visit to Ireland brought forward as Trump cancels his plans to tour Europe

Visit: US Vice-President Mike Pence (left) is to visit Europe in place of Donald Trump. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Visit: US Vice-President Mike Pence (left) is to visit Europe in place of Donald Trump. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell

US Vice-President Mike Pence's visit to Ireland, due to take place on Friday and Saturday, has been brought forward to earlier in the week.

Mr Pence will now meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Tuesday, the Government confirmed yesterday.

The rescheduling of the two-day trip to Ireland came about after the White House said Mr Pence would be travelling to Poland this weekend in place of President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump has cancelled his trip to Europe to monitor Hurricane Dorian, which is threatening landfall in Florida in the coming days.

Mr Pence will attend a commemoration event for the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Poland this weekend in place of Mr Trump.

With Mr Pence in Europe earlier than expected, he has brought forward his long-awaited Irish visit, the details of which are still being finalised.

Provisional plans could see Mr Pence land in Shannon Airport on Monday night before travelling to Dublin on Tuesday.

A Government spokesperson was able to confirm his meeting with Mr Varadkar, saying: "Due to a change in the vice-president's schedule, VP Mike Pence will meet with the Taoiseach on Tuesday instead of Friday."

Mr Pence is also scheduled to meet President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin during his visit.

It remains unclear if the revised trip will still include a trip to Co Clare, where Mr Pence was due to attend a family dinner at Morrissey's pub in Doonbeg, which is owned by a distant cousin of his.

Mr Pence has strong Irish roots with relatives hailing from Doonbeg and Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, and visited Ireland on a number of occasions before becoming vice-president in 2017.

Irish Independent

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