Thursday 23 January 2020

Coveney to give Pence a tour of Cliffs of Moher

Mike Pence has Irish roots
Mike Pence has Irish roots

US Vice-president Mike Pence will be given a tour of the Cliffs of Moher by Tanaiste Simon Coveney during his trip to Ireland.

On the second day of his visit, Mr Pence will meet Mr Coveney in Clare for an hour-long engagement at the cliffs.

It will be the final meeting of the vice-president's visit, and he will leave Ireland from Shannon Airport directly afterwards.

Mr Pence will fly in to Dublin Airport at 11am on Friday, September 6, when he will be greeted by Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and US ambassador to Ireland Edward F Crawford.

He will then be driven to Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park where he will have lunch with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.


Afterwards, Mr Pence will make the short trip to the US ambassador's residence, where he is due to have a round table discussion with US and Irish business leaders.

The vice-president will travel from the residence to Aras an Uachtarain, where he will have a 30-minute meeting with President Michael D Higgins.

Mr Pence will fly to Shannon Airport after his meetings in Dublin, and his first stop on the west coast will be Morrissey's Pub in Doonbeg.

The bar is run by Mr Pence's distant cousin Hugh McNally.

The vice-president is due to spend 90 minutes in the pub, which was also visited by president Donald Trump's sons during their recent trip to Ireland.

It is believed Mr Pence will stay in Mr Trump's golf resort in Doonbeg.

Earlier this month, Mr Pence said Ireland is "very near to his family's heart".

The White House previously said he will voice the US's "commitment to maintaining peace, prosperity, and stability in Ireland by upholding the Good Friday Agreement".

He will also discuss trade, investment and strengthening the economic relationship between the two countries.

Mr Pence will first visit Britain on September 4 and 5 to discuss Brexit, Iran and the "threat of Chinese malign influence", the White House said.

He has been widely criticised for his views on LGBT rights, but last year he invited the Taoiseach and his partner Matthew Barrett to his home for St Patrick's Day.

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