Alan Kelly: Ireland should show “common courtesy” to Donald Trump

Labour TD has also criticised government's handling of abortion laws

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Former Labour minister Alan Kelly has said Donald Trump should be shown courtesy if he visits Ireland.

The presumptive Republican presidential candidate had been set to travel here later this month following a trip to Scotland.  

Mr Trump said he would visit his hotel at Doonbeg in Clare before returning to the US on June 25th.

However, a press tour director for his campaign has since told US-based news website Irish Central that his upcoming tour will only take in Scotland. 

A travel schedule for Mr Trump released earlier showed no Irish stopover during the trip. 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny indicated last week that he would be willing to meet the billionaire, despite calling his views racist and dangerous.

In an interview today on Newstalk Breakfast, Mr Kelly suggested he agreed with the statement. 

“We should show common courtesy to him,” he told the programme. 

The Labour TD said he hoped the Republican nominee would be defeated, but added it was “not beyond the realms of possibility” that he could be elected.

“I hope we don’t have to deal with him as US president, but if we do, we do.”

Mr Kelly also criticised the new government's setting up of a citizens' assembly to consider the future of the eighth amendment.

He said the Fine Gael-led coalition has "no intention" of dealing with the issue of abortion.

"I believe the can is being kicked down the road," Mr Kelly told Newstalk Breakfast.

A landmark UN judgment published last week found that Ireland's abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

A memo to set up the citizens' assembly is due to be presented to cabinet next week, but Mr Kenny told the Dáil yesterday that he viewed the UN ruling as "non-binding".