Fianna Fail chief Michael Martin right now backed the Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s Day go to to the White Home. Deputy Martin additionally referred to as for the retention of US pre-clearance checks at Dublin and Shannon airports, amid the rising public backlash to President Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’.
He mentioned he had been greatly surprised by the “knee-jerk response” which led to Taoiseach Enda Kenny calling for a assessment of US pre-clearance checks at Irish airports.
Mr Martin mentioned: “I don’t assume that is smart within the Irish context. I feel that might drawback tons of of hundreds Irish travellers going to the US.
“I can’t see how eliminating pre-clearance would advance the agenda when it comes to eliminating this ban.”
Talking on RTE’s At the moment with Sean O’Rourke, Mr Martin mentioned it was very important Mr Kenny continued the custom of visiting the US President on St Patrick’s Day, with rising requires the journey to be cancelled over Mr Trump’s insurance policies.
He mentioned: “It’s a gathering between two heads of two governments and also you firmly assert your place and also you make it clear to the President the place we stand on the problem.
“Additionally there’s a really actual relevance right here when it comes to the undocumented and the 50,000 [Irish] there that must be argued for.