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  • Donald Trump has cancelled his planned visit to Ireland in November.

    Last month the US president announced his intention to come to Ireland taking the government by surprise.

    Less than two weeks ago Donald Trump announced he would return to Ireland to renew the deep and historic ties between our two countries.

    He last came here in 2014 - before running for office.

    The trip was scheduled to form part of a wider European visit which would include the Armistice celebrations in Paris on November 11th

    Details of the US Presidents Irish itinerary were due to be worked out between officials from both countries but it was thought likely that Donald Trump's hotel in Doonbeg in Co Clare would feature on the list of locations.

    Opposition parties had called for protests to coincide with the visit and Ministers of State John Halligan and Finnian McGrath both said they would participate in any demonstrations.

    It's not clear why the visit has been cancelled. 

  • The IFA claims a new trade deal between the US and the EU is another huge blow to Irish farming.

     

    Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed an agreement that will allow the States to export a lot more beef to Europe.

     

    It follows the Mercosur deal, which would give South America much more access to the market also.

     

    Both agreements have to be approved by the European Parliament - but IFA President Joe Healy is hitting out.

     

    “We export 90% of the meat we produce in Ireland, 95% of that goes either into the U.K or Europe. So, any deal that means more meat coming into Europe is bad for Ireland,” said Mr Healy.

  • Mick Mulvaney has been appointed as the new US special envoy to Northern Ireland.

     

    He's been replaced as acting chief of staff, a role he's held since the end of 2018.

     

    Mr Mulvaney, who has links to Co. Mayo, will be replaced by congressman Mark Meadows.

     

    Scott Jennings, a former advisor to President George W. Bush, told CNN the timing of the changes is no surprise: