Scenes in the village of Creegh (or Cree whatever) where an armed road block has been set up to monitor traffic to the Trump International Golf Resort resort in nearby Doonbeg, ahead of the visit by the US president scheduled for 6pm this evening following arrival at Shannon at 4.30pm.
The advanced party has arrived in #ShannonAirport ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit later, on the Boeing 747 VC-25A. The aircraft is emblazoned with the words “United States of America,” the American flag, & Seal of the President of the United States. #TrumpShannonVisitpic.twitter.com/3OusA33uhJ
From top: Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with President Donal Trump and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill, Washington DC last March; Former US president Barack Obama
The meeting, which was requested by Irish officials, took place during the same trip that the Taoiseach met US president Donald Trump at the White House on his annual visit to Washington.
Mr Varadkar is said to have been advised against the meeting by Government officials, who were concerned it might ruffle feathers when he was in Washington to meet Mr Trump, a strong critic of his White House predecessor.
A Government spokesman confirmed that Mr Varadkar had a private meeting with Mr Obama. He said the meeting was to discuss the work of the former president’s foundation in Europe “and in particular its role in fostering leadership”.