Anti-Trump protest planned for Shannon Airport

Anti-Trump protest planned for Shannon Airport

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Anti-war campaigners will gather at Shannon Airport this evening to show their opposition to US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

Peace group’s claim the ban targets refugees from Syria and discriminates against people from seven specific countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen), by refusing to allow them to enter the country.

US immigration pre-clearance at Shannon Airport is currently implementing the ban, despite claims from anti-war groups that it puts Ireland in breach of Irish and EU anti-discrimination laws.

John Lannon of Shannonwatch said: “Shannon and Dublin’s complicity in allowing the US to deny entry to approved refugees, asylum seekers, visa holders and even US legal residents is shocking,”

“We call on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to express Ireland’s revulsion at the bans imposed by President Trump, and to ensure that the Irish airport authorities and Gardai do not facilitate this unjust and discriminatory order in any way,” he added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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