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Adams raises Trump refugee ban with Taoiseach

30 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has this morning written to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in relation to the Executive Order introduced by US President Donald Trump halting the US refugee programme and the introduction of a travel ban for nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

Teachta Adams said:

“I have written to the Taoiseach this morning to convey my deep concerns about the Executive Order by President Trump to halt the US refugee programme and the introduction of a blanket 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 

“I am of the firm view that this arbitrary ban is counterproductive in terms of improving relations between those of all faiths and nationalities throughout the world, and the refusal to offer sanctuary to refugees runs counter to international obligations, equality and decency. 

“Generations of Irish fled starvation, poverty and conflict here in Ireland to make a new life and contribute to building America. Millions of them and their descendants are still there and are amongst the most outraged at these recent moves.

“I believe the Taoiseach must, in keeping with the affinity generations of Irish people have had with the US, act decisively on this matter and that he should not allow Irish airports to enforce this fundamentally unjust order. I have urged him to do this without delay.

“I intend to raise these matters with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week.” 

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