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Greens call for invite decline

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 1:01am

The Green Party in Cork called on the Lord Mayor, Des Cahill, to decline an invitation from Donald Trump to visit the White House as part of St Patrick’s Day celebrations, in protest at his ban on refugees entering the United States.

Oliver Moran, the Green Party representative in Cork North Central, said: “The Lord Mayor will be shaking hands with Donald Trump on behalf of the citizens of Cork on the same day that Trump’s second refugee ban comes into effect. How will he be able to hold his head up high in Cork on his return?”

Lorna Bogue, the Green Party representative in Cork South Central, said: “I’m sure that Des Cahill will go anyway but he should think long and hard about the office that he occupies. Previous Lord Mayors of Cork cemented Cork’s reputation worldwide as the Rebel city through acts of great heroism in order to stand up for what they believed in.”

In January the Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, led calls for An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to cancel his visit to the White House in the wake of Trump’s first refugee ban.

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