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Protests are already being planned ahead of Donald Trump's visit to Ireland next month.

The US President will arrive here between the 5th and 8th of June following his State visit to the UK.

Yesterday the Health Minister Simon Harris says despite disagreeing with his political views, the US President has "every right" to visit here.

While Trump's visit has not been officially confirmed by the US, parties such as Labour, the Green Party, the Social Democrats and People Before Profit have already voiced their opposition to the planned visit.

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US President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency barring US companies from using telecommunications equipment by firms posing a national security risk.

The executive order is largely targeted at China's Huawei, paving the way for the company's technology to be banned in the US.

The company has always denied a link to espionage, but is facing increased pressure from the Trump administration.

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A €50 million fund to support Ireland's beef sector has been agreed by the European Commission.

Under the plan, the Government here can match the figure, bringing the total potential aid package to €100 million.

It comes after a recent Government submission to the Commission sought help for the struggling sector, and follows weeks of protests by farmers on the issue.

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The governor of Alabama has signed into law a near-total ban on abortion in the US state.

Republican Kay Ivey says the legislation "stands a powerful testament to Alabamians"

Earlier this week state senators passed the bill which makes abortion illegal at any stage of pregnancy, with punishments of up to 99 years in jail for anyone who carries out the procedure.

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The average age at which an Irish person now leaves home to live independently is 26, according to figures from Eurostat.

The figure is slightly above the EU average of 25.6 years of age.

Sweden records the youngest average age at which people leave their parents' home at 18 and a half years of age.

Main image: File photo of Donald Trump. Picture by: Olivier Douliery/DPA/PA Images

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