Taoiseach to raise travel ban with Trump

Enda Kenny is due to meet with the American president and vice-president at the White House on the day the ban comes into force

The Taoiseach will raise concerns about the new US travel ban with Donald Trump at the White House next week.

US President Trump on Monday unveiled his revised executive order temporarily banning entry visas into the country for people from six Muslim-majority countries.

President Trump’s original travel ban - introduced on January 27th - was overturned by US courts just over a week after its introduction.

The revised order dropped Iraq from the list of banned countries with Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen remaining.

The order also barred all refugees for a period of 120 days, although it removed the policy banning Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The new order is due to come into force on March 16th – the day Mr Kenny is due to meet with Mr Trump at the White House and present him with the traditional bowl of shamrocks marking St Patrick’s Day.

The Taoiseach has previously voiced his opposition to the ban and he revealed this afternoon that it will be one of the subjects up for conversation at the White House:

“In respect of the travel ban, obviously I have commented on this in public before,” he said.

“Obviously I will speak to both the president and the vice-president about that when I arrive in America.”

A total of 29 Government Ministers will travel to 27 countries next week to mark St Patrick’s Day and promote Irish trade and tourism around the world.