Saturday 18 November 2017

Higgins in thinly veiled broadside against Trump

President Higgins and his wife Sabina with Cuban Ambassador Dr Hermes Herrara Hernandez at the reception in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Maxwells
President Higgins and his wife Sabina with Cuban Ambassador Dr Hermes Herrara Hernandez at the reception in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Maxwells
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

President Michael D Higgins has launched a thinly veiled attack on US President Donald Trump's controversial immigration ban.

In a speech during the ceremony for the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday, he spoke of the rapid and fundamental changes occurring worldwide.

He said: "2016 was a year in which the Irish people recommitted themselves to the ideals of the State's founding fathers. Likewise, 2017 can be the year in which we, the members of the United Nations, recommit ourselves to honouring in full the pledges made in the UN Charter.

"We can open a dialogue with the 'cos muintir' of the world, the excluded, the disappointed, the angry. Above all, we cannot abandon the excluded, the confused, to the predatory abuse of those who seek the exploitation of difference, of race, ethnicity, culture or gender. There can be no room for such abuse. We have in Europe and elsewhere experienced the consequences already."

Dusan Matulay (6), the son of the Slovakian Ambassador, takes a time out during reception in the Francini Corridor in Aras An Uachtarain. Photo: Maxwells
Dusan Matulay (6), the son of the Slovakian Ambassador, takes a time out during reception in the Francini Corridor in Aras An Uachtarain. Photo: Maxwells

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