May 23, 2011 / 6:00 PM / 6 years ago

Obama leaving Ireland early due to ash cloud

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama drink Guinness in Ollie Hayes Pub in Obama's ancestral home in Moneygall May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Maxwell's/Pool

DUBLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will depart Ireland early for London on Monday night to avoid the effects of an ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland, a White House official said.

“Due to a recent change in the trajectory in the plume of volcanic ash, Air Force One will depart Ireland for London tonight. The schedule for tomorrow will proceed as planned,” the official said.

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