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Taoiseach must assert in strongest possible terms Irish opposition to policies of President Trump – Adams

31 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, has said that the executive order introduced by US President Donald Trump last week to halt the US refugee programme “is a subversion of acceptable standards of decency and equality”.

He said that the Taoiseach should “assert clearly the Irish people's total opposition, in the strongest possible terms, to the racist, anti-women and anti-immigration policies of President Trump”.

Teachta Adams said:

“The Executive Order introduced by US President Donald Trump last week to halt the US refugee programme is a subversion of acceptable standards of decency and equality.

“It is disappointing that the Taoiseach has yet to raise this matter with the US administration.  

“He should have expressed his opposition to the blanket 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order will undermine efforts to improve relationships between those of all faiths and nationalities throughout the world.

“As the Taoiseach has said, generations of Irish fled starvation, poverty and conflict in Ireland to make a new life and contribute to building America. Millions of them and their descendants are still there.  Let us note that they are among the most outraged over these recent moves.  

“I acknowledge he has initiated a review of pre-clearance protocols, which is welcome, but the government's primary responsibility must be to ensure this fundamentally unjust order is not used in Irish airports.  

“The Taoiseach needs to introduce measures, if necessary, to ensure no one is a victim of discrimination and that no international or domestic law is broken. He needs to ensure that this State's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and other international agreements are fully observed.

“The Taoiseach should take the opportunity to advise the undocumented Irish in the USA not to be alarmed by recent developments. I know from my contacts there that many people there are frightened for their futures and the Taoiseach should meet with them when he travels to the USA.

“His primary focus has to be to engage with the diaspora, stand with the undocumented Irish and maintain our strong ties with Irish America, particularly as regards the ongoing process of change on this island.  

“He must also assert clearly the Irish people’s total opposition, in the strongest possible terms, to the racist, anti-women and anti-immigration policies of President Trump.” 

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