Trump sons go on Doonbeg pub crawl and thank locals for ‘incredible’ support

US president Donald Trump’s sons praised the people of Clare as “incredible” for supporting their Doonbeg golf resort and claimed that Irish support for their father’s visit “outweighed” any protests.

Donald jnr and Eric spoke as they walked up the main street of the small west Clare village on a crawl of Doonbeg’s four pubs, buying locals drinks and thanking them for their support of the family’s hotel and golf club.

Local backing for the resort since Donald Trump bought it in 2014 had been “unbelievable,” said Eric on Wednesday night.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar fears ‘no deal Brexit’ and potential ‘Eurosceptic’ PM – ‘In a period of DANGER’

Prime Minister Varadkar: Brexit may be entering “very dangerous” new phase for Ireland

The election of a new prime minister in Britain may lead to a new phase in Brexit negotiations that could be “very dangerous” for Ireland, its Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.

Sky News Ethiopian Airlines plane crash kills all 157 people on board

UK: At least 224 Boeing 737 MAX 8s owned or ordered by Irish firms

Ireland’s main aircraft lessors have had at least 224 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft delivered or are on order, figures compiled by The Irish Times show.

The relatively new aircraft type has recorded two fatal crashes since its entry into service, including that of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Lion Air flight 610.

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital appears to be the biggest owner of MAX 8s that operates out of the Republic, with five owned, three managed and about 110 committed. The company recently delivered one to Icelandair, and in December signed a deal with US budget carrier Southwest for 12 MAX 8s in a sale and leaseback agreement.

Men and women in business face many risks and hazards. Those who persist never lack the courage to tackle the big challenges. Often they can cope with adversity but sometimes they cannot avoid succumbing. The one thing business people rightly abhor, and struggle most to cope with, is total uncertainty. And the current state of non-play on Brexit brings us vastly more of this total uncertainty. The situation, with 46 days left to B-Day on March 29, leaves us all with few clues at all about what is happening and where this will land. Business people on the islands of Ireland and Britain, and beyond on mainland Europe, cannot even guess what is happening next with little more than six weeks left. This is a flagrant abuse of enterprising people and their beleaguered employees and can no longer be tolerated.

Editorial: ‘Time has come for the UK and EU to signal a Brexit delay’

Men and women in business face many risks and hazards. Those who persist never lack the courage to tackle the big challenges. Often they can cope with adversity but sometimes they cannot avoid succumbing.

The one thing business people rightly abhor, and struggle most to cope with, is total uncertainty. And the current state of non-play on Brexit brings us vastly more of this total uncertainty. The situation, with 46 days left to B-Day on March 29, leaves us all with few clues at all about what is happening and where this will land.

Business people on the islands of Ireland and Britain, and beyond on mainland Europe, cannot even guess what is happening next with little more than six weeks left. This is a flagrant abuse of enterprising people and their beleaguered employees and can no longer be tolerated.

Brexit in chaos as Theresa May announces Plan B – minutes AFTER Tories reject it

Theresa May’s Brexit plans are in chaos again after she finally announced a Plan B – minutes AFTER a whole load of her MPs rejected it.

The Prime Minister threw her weight behind an amendment by top Tory Sir Graham Brady to remove the hated ‘Irish backstop’ in her Brexit deal.

Sir Graham’s plan would have finally given Mrs May’s deal a chance to pass if she replaced the backstop – which traps the UK under EU rules – with “alternative arrangements”.

Yet in farcical scenes, Mrs May asked MPs to back the plan just minutes after leading Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was not backing it.

Mr Rees-Mogg leads the powerful European Research Group of Brexiteers – and that means the Brady amendment looks doomed to failure.