Pence for earlier Irish visit

Vice President Mike Pence


By Irish Echo Staff

Call it a political butterfly effect.

President Trump’s decision to remain in the U.S. with Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida has reportedly led to a change of travel plans for Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence will now be heading for Poland this weekend instead of the president and will land in Ireland on Monday, Labor Day, for a two day visit.

Reports in the Irish Times and Irish Independent have indicated that the vice president will land at Shannon Airport Monday evening and will meet with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Tuesday.

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Vice President Pence was originally lined up for an Irish visit on September 6 and 7 with stops in Dublin and Clare.

It’s unclear if the revised trip will still include a trip to County Clare where Mr. Pence was due to attend a family dinner at Morrissey’s pub in Doonbeg, which is owned by a distant cousin, the Independent reported.

Doonbeg is, of course, the location of President Trump’s Irish golf links.