The planned visit to Ireland by US President Donald Trump has been cancelled.
Mr Trump was due to stop off in Ireland on his way back from Armistice commemoration celebrations in France on November 11.
It had been understood Mr Trump would spend up to two days in Ireland, with engagements in Dublin and Doonbeg, but that has now been cancelled following talks between Irish officials and the White House.
The Irish Government had come in for criticism over the planned visit even from within its own ranks with Independent Alliance ministers Shane Ross, Finian McGrath and John Halligan saying they were prepared to protest against Mr Trump’s policies.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tanaiste Simon Coveney had defended the proposed visit saying the links between Ireland and the US go beyond any one individual president.
Labour Senator Aodhán O Ríordáin has welcomed the announcement saying that President Trump is “the face of hate, racism and division”.
Senator Ó Ríordáin said: “Clearly the outpouring of objections to this visit has had the desired effect as President Trump has decided not to come to Ireland”
“The mishandling of this entire episode by the government has certainly shone an uncomfortable light on their real attitude to the international rise of the far right and how best to challenge it.
“Mr Trump is the face of hate, racism and division.
“The organisation I helped found – Irish Stand – has consistently criticized the hypocrisy of Irish-Americans supporting this man considering the immigrant history of the Irish.
“It must now be the absolute focus of all peace-loving democrats in Ireland to give whatever help they can to candidates in America who will challenge his regime in the mid-term elections this November.”