Fianna Fáil Frontbench Legal Adviser and candidate for Dublin Bay South, Cllr Jim O’Callaghan has called on the Government to use official channels to make clear Ireland’s opposition to what he called the recent sectarian rhetoric of Republican Party presidential front runner Donald J Trump.

Mr Trump has drawn serious criticism following his call for ‘a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’.

Cllr O’Callaghan commented, “The recent comments of Mr Donald Trump, where he effectively condemned an entire religion, are outrageous, dangerous and must be condemned without equivocation.

“Eyebrows were raised by many at the enthusiasm of our Finance Minister’s praise for Mr Trump when he decided to invest in Doonbeg County Clare.  Lest that praise now be misinterpreted by anyone as support for Mr Trump’s views, especially among our own Muslim communities, the Government should move quickly to make clear Ireland’s rejection of this sort of sectarian rhetoric.

“Ireland knows very well the marginalising effect that can come when a small minority abuses the name and wishes of the majority in pursuit of violence.  We also know the damage this can do and the effect it can have on diplomatic and peaceful relations.

“Ireland has unique ties to the United States that go back generations.  Very few Irish families do not have direct connections to people currently working and living there.  For these and all sorts of other reasons, we take a major interest in US political affairs.  So when we see this sort of dangerous political rhetoric emerge we have an interest in speaking out and condemning it.

“The Taoiseach should condemn the remarks without further delay on behalf of the Irish people and ensure that those in the US with Irish links know that we stand against this sort of divisiveness.”