Ireland has a moral obligation to tell President Trump that he got it wrong – Martin

Published on: 31 January 2017

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said that it was morally wrong for US President, Donald Trump to impose a travel ban on the grounds on religion or nationality.

Deputy Martin was speaking during Leaders’ Questions today in Dáil Éireann where he questioned the Taoiseach on what steps he had taken to let the Trump Administration know the deep unease being expressed across the Irish political spectrum about his recent Executive Order on immigration.

“The events of the last seven days have left Irish people, and people across the world, very concerned. President Trump’s Executive Order has, for all intents and purposes, stigmatised an entire religion.

“It contravenes the Geneva Convention, and it offends our concept of human decency.

“There is no logic to the ban, and the Irish Government should make it crystal clear to President Trump that it opposes it.

“While I believe the Taoiseach should go ahead with his visit to the United States for St. Patrick’s Day, the Taoiseach should make a public statement asserting that he believes the ban is morally wrong, and contravenes the Geneva Convention with respect to refugees.

“The Taoiseach should, on behalf of the Government, write to President Trump outlining Irish opposition to the ban, and ask him to repeal the Executive Order.

“Fianna Fáil believes that a joint, all-party motion can, and should, be agreed by Dáil Éireann outlining our opposition to the ban, and conveying the unanimous opposition of Dáil Éireann to his actions.
“As strong, and loyal friends of the United States, Ireland has an obligation to tell President Trump that he has got it wrong, and it’s time to rescind the ban,” concluded Martin.

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