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Trump won’t be let into Ireland for inaguaration, Government confirm | Buzz.ie

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump will not be allowed jet into Ireland to play golf at his Co Clare resort, The Star has learned.

Speculation has been mounting that Trump could make a last minute trip to his hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare, ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

It comes after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that Trump is not welcome in her country to play golf, as the country enters a new strict COVID-19 lockdown.

And now The Star has learned that the Irish Government also won’t be allowing Trump, who is said to want to flee the US, to use golf as an excuse to come here — amid a global pandemic.

In a statement to this paper, a spokesperson for the Government confirmed that anyone flying into Ireland, including Trump, can only come here for essential purposes.

They also stated that Trump has not yet made any request to fly into this country — but stressed that current COVID-19 restrictions are clear.

“The Government is strongly advising against any international travel into Ireland except for essential purposes, as part of its strategy to deal with the COVID-19 global pandemic.

”We have not been made aware of any plans for a visit to Ireland by President Trump, and the rules on essential travel clearly outline the situations where travel into the State is permitted,” the Government spokesperson said.

Golf is not considered an essential reason for travel, and sources say Trump therefore has an extremely limited pathway towards getting approval to enter Ireland.

His only chance would be if he stated he was coming here for “diplomatic” reasons, but that would have to be signed off on by the Government — and sources say that won’t be happening time soon, especially with Trump being out of office in just eight days time.

It effectively means that the sitting President of the United States, who is set to be impeached for a second time this week, is banned from travelling to Ireland for the foreseeable future.

And also speaking exclusively to The Star last night, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald agreed that Trump should not be welcomed here right now.

“Nobody should be travelling to the island for anything other than absolutely essential reasons as long as the pandemic lasts. That includes the outgoing US President.

“President Trump visiting his golf resort here, for example, would not constitute an essential visit.

“For those that do arrive for essential purposes, much stricter protocols are needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” she added.

Speculation has been rife that Trump, who now fears prosecution amid the horrific carnage at the Capitol in Washington, may flee the US before Biden is inaugurated at midday on January 20.

With his preferred golf resorts in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire in Scotland now off limits, it had been thought he might attempt a last ditch golf trip to Co Clare.

But when contacted about the possibility of a visit, Trump Doonbeg managing director Joe Russell did not respond to The Star to confirm or deny it.

His director of sales and marketing Evan Butler then later contacted this paper, stating: “We are not in a position to answer or offer comment.”