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Around 2,000 people attended a protest against Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in the city this evening.

Organisers said they want to send a clear message that the US President isn't welcome here.

A huge balloon of Donald Trump dressed as an angry baby floated above the protesters.

The 26-foot blimp has previously made appearances at anti-Trump protests in several other countries.

The Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath attended this evening's protest in Dublin.

He said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made no attempt to stop him from taking part – insisting that there is plenty of room within the Government for diversity of opinion on the US President's visit.

“The bottom line is, yes we respect the voice on Government policy and the majority view within Government,” he said.

“But there is also room for diversity and for different views in relation to Donald Trump.

“But I think this issue is so serious that we have to deliver a strong message from the people on the ground.”

Emily Duffy is from UPLIFT, which borrowed the ballon from protesters in London.

She said the blimp symbolises that “a lot of Trump’s policies are based out of a politics of immaturity and a politics of hate.”

A small group of protesters began gathering at the Garden of Remembrance in the hours before the protest's 6pm start.

Donald Trump himself arrived back in Ireland from France shortly after 5pm.

He will stay at his golf resort in Doonbeg, County Clare - before flying to Washington tomorrow.

Main image: Pictured is the Trump baby blimp at the Garden of Remembrance as part of a protest over American President Donald Trump's visit to Ireland. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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