Tuesday 19 September 2017

Theresa May arrives in Dublin for meeting with Taoiseach

Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/PA Wire

Kevin Doyle and Niall O'Connor

British Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived at Government Buildings for her meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Following a series of meetings in Wales, Mrs May received a Garda escort through Dublin city centre in order to keep her 4.30pm appointment with the Taoiseach.

Unlike Cardiff where Mrs May was booed for not condemning US President Donald Trump's 'Muslim ban', there were no protesters in Dublin.

The two prime ministers met to discuss the fallout from the UK vote to leave the European Union.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he disagrees with US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban - but insists he will still visit the White House for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Mr Kenny said he will raise directly with Mr Trump his views on his own refugee policy that has led to widespread condemnation across the world.

Speaking following a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Government Buildings, Mr Kenny said he has asked for a complete review of US pre-clearance facilities at Irish airports.

It comes as it emerged one traveller was denied entry to a flight to the US at Dublin airport after Mr Trump banned the arrival of people from a number of Muslim countries.

The meeting between Mr Kenny and Ms May was expected to focus solely on Brexit. However, the Trump ban dominated much of Monday’s press conference at Government Buildings.

Mr Kenny said he still intended to visit the White House for St Patrick’s Day, where he will meet Mr Trump in the Oval Office.

He told reporters he wants to say “face-to-face” what Ireland’s problems are with Trump’s policies.

“It’s not about a visit to the US President. It’s the symbolism of the connection between Ireland and the US,” Mr Kenny said.

Ms May also confirmed that an invitation she issued to Mr Trump to visit the UK still stands. The Tory leader said the US is a close ally of the UK’s.

On the issue of Brexit, Ms May said there will be “no return to the borders of the past".

She said she wants a “seamless, frictionless border” between the Republic and Northern Ireland - remarks reiterated by Mr Kenny.

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