Alpha Bravo Monitoring tweetz:
SAM29 USAF 92-9000 VC-25A out from Stansted, positioning to Shannon
— Chris Presswell (@ChrisPresswell) June 5, 2019
— Shadwell (@MickDempsey1) June 5, 2019
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. #TrumpShannonVisit pic.twitter.com/3OusA33uhJ
— Shannon Airport (@ShannonAirport) June 5, 2019
AIR FORCE ONE diverts to Iran due to nuisance at Shannon Airport, Ireland. pic.twitter.com/NoqmEEGOky
— á (@HolyHonda49) June 5, 2019
Shannon Radar tweetz:
Photos taken at Shannon in the past few days. RTE predict Trump will land at four.
Earlier: Shannon Watch
The President of The United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the UK. pic.twitter.com/e3ANW9bUKa
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 23, 2019
The visit will take place from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June this year. President Trump and Mrs Trump previously joined The Queen for tea at Windsor Castle in July 2018.
Find out more about State Visits here – https://t.co/GhgXtLI2jt
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 23, 2019
Kate O’Neill, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:
Thousands of tickets for the papal visit in August have been snapped up by protesters aiming to ensure low attendance by not showing up to the event.
The Say Nope to The Pope group is encouraging people who object to the Pope’s visit to Ireland in August to book tickets online, which are available free of charge.
One protester claimed to have booked 1,312 tickets to the events, which may now go unused.
“You can book as many times as you like on the same email address. I’ve booked 12 (9 times) so 108 tickets! They all have different booking references so they are definitely working,” the Facebook user wrote.
In a later update the same user said: “Even better!! I’m now booking in coaches (max is 8 coaches with 82 passengers on each total of 656 “pilgrims”) so I’ve googled a random name of a parish, a random name of a coach company, made up the drivers’ name and number, etc, and I’ve already booked two of these bookings, so a total of 1,312 people. Do this instead of the individual bookings!”
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived by helicopter at the Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim where they were met by Northern Ireland’s first minister Arlene Foster (third pic).
President Michael D Higgins meets Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Royal Dais in Windsor and inspects the irish Guards this morning.
Pics: Fennel Photogrpahy, BBC Breaking New
DIFFERENT APPROACHES on human rights will be taken by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore when they welcome Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping to Ireland this weekend.
Ah yes, the recent crackdown on human right activists, the jailed dissidents, the stifled free speech. All the issues that Obama is currently taking flak for not broaching, despite promising otherwise…
The Taoiseach clearly has no intention of raising such issues and his spokesman said last night: “The primary focus of this visit is to promote business and trade relationships between China and Ireland.
“The normal vehicle for addressing issues such as human rights is through EU foreign policy and, if the matter is to be raised, it would be in that context.”
However, a spokesman for Mr Gilmore said: “In meetings with Chinese leaders who visit, we raise human rights issues in a frank, friendly and respectful manner, which reflects the maturity of our relationship.”
Hello Mr Jinping. Tell me this and tell me no more: how do you feel the oul’ human rights are being respected in China? Satisfactorily, you say? Great stuff. And come here to me, do ye actually have real dragons over there, you know like in Harry Potter and that? You do? Well faith and that’s much needed investment, I mean mighty.
XI JINPING, the man in line to be China’s next leader, will make a landmark visit to Ireland this month to discuss tourism, trade and other issues, The Irish Times has learned.
Mr Xi (58) is expected to be here from February 18th to 20th, sources said, on a trip that will also take in a meeting in Washington with US president Barack Obama on February 14th, along with a visit to Turkey.
A full statement will be released today in Beijing.
The itinerary is still being developed and many aspects have yet to be confirmed but it is believed the visit will likely include a trip to the west of Ireland, including Shannon, to showcase the country as a tourism destination, as well as several business engagements in Dublin to promote trade links between Ireland and China.
“Cultural activities and Chinese community events are also anticipated,” the source said.
The son of a veteran revolutionary and guerrilla leader, Mr Xi is one of the “princelings” of the Chinese Communist Party’s political dynasties, and is generally described as being charismatic and engaging, but not likely to be a reformer.
He is set to succeed President Hu Jintao when his second term ends in October this year, and could rule China for the next decade.