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21.44 16 May 2019


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Sinn Féin has said it will join protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to Ireland.

President Trump is expected to spend a number of days in County Clare at the start of June – although the details have yet to be finalised.

He is expected to meet the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the visit.

This evening however, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said the party will be protesting his presence.

“The majority of the policies espoused by President Trump are anathema to the Irish people,” he said.

“I imagine that there will be a large group of people throughout many sections of Irish society who will come out and protest at his visit and Sinn Féin will be part of those protests.”

Earlier today, the Taoiseach noted that there is still no official confirmation that the visit will be happening, but warned that it is essential the Government respects the office of the President in welcoming him here.

He stressed that he would “never criticise” anyone for taking part in a protest against the visit, adding that “in a democracy protest is always welcome.”

“A lot of people have been very critical of President Trump, including myself on occasion, on issues around climate for example; on his opposition to free trade and on issues such as women’s rights,” he said.

“I’ll have the opportunity, as I have had in the past, to actually raise those issues with him in person but I understand that other people will wish to do so by means of protest.”

Members of Labour, the Green Party, Social Democrats and People Before Profit have all reiterated their criticisms of the US President after news of the trip broke.


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