Dáil to debate Trump’s immigration ban next week

2nd February 2017

The Dáil will debate Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders next Thursday, February 9th, after the Business Committee set aside two hours for debate.

Speaking following the meeting of the Business Committee, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said that there was an opportunity for the Dáil to unite in opposition to Trump’s divisive agenda.

“We welcome the opportunity for the Dáil to debate Donald Trump’s actions since taking office. It is an important opportunity to voice a common opposition to Trump’s divisive, regressive agenda.

“We will be attending the United Against Racism protest against the immigration ban at the US Embassy this evening, but it is not just about his ban.

“It’s about his challenge to our dearly held, hard fought rights in terms of freedom of speech and of the press. It’s about his gagging of scientists, including the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s about his climate change denial, and his plans to reignite the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. It’s about his plans to build a wall with Mexico, and his regressive international relations.

“In the short period since taking office every major move or utterance by President Trump is offensive to the founding principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We fear for a future governed by such instincts of fear, division and ‘otherising’ for personal political gain. That’s why we need to come together against Trump's agenda.”

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