Wednesday 13 December 2017

Archbishop: Kenny must stand up to US

Dr Martin said Mr Trump’s recent executive order, affecting immigrants from seven mainly
Muslim countries, was the most serious matter for Enda Kenny during his St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House. Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images
Dr Martin said Mr Trump’s recent executive order, affecting immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries, was the most serious matter for Enda Kenny during his St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House. Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Gavin White

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has called on the Taoiseach to be "courageous" when visiting US President Donald Trump in response to his ban on refugees.

Dr Martin said Mr Trump's recent executive order, affecting immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries, was the most serious matter for Enda Kenny during his St Patrick's Day visit to the White House.

"I hope he will be as courageous and as frank (as when he visited Rome) when he visits President Trump and that he brings with him the concerns of people here," he said.

Dr Martin said he would like Mr Kenny "to express the concerns that are present among the people of Ireland about some of the decisions he's making, particularly about refugees."

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's Sean O'Rourke Show, he said: "Putting a ban on refugees, it's in complete disagreement with not just the specifics of international law but the culture of the Irish."

Amnesty International's Colm O'Gorman also said: "It is a grave violation under international law.

"I think he (Mr Kenny) could communicate the concerns of the Irish people. He could also present bows of the shamrock at the leading synagogue and the leading mosque in Washington."

Irish Independent

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