A PROTEST will take place in Cork against the visit of Donald Trump to Ireland after it was announced the US President will visit in November.
The protest at Daunt Square, hosted by People Before Profit, has already gained attention on social media with hundreds pledging to attend.
In a statement issued on Friday, President Trump said that he would visit Ireland “to renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations.”
The visit is part of a trip to Europe which includes his participation in the armistice commemorations in Paris on November 11 and will be his first to Ireland since his inauguration as President in January 2017.
It is expected that President Trump will undertake a two-day visit with Dublin and Doonbeg likely to be included in his itinerary.
“Trump is a racist, a sexist, a climate change denier and a billionaire representative of the richest one per cent,” said Cork North Central TD, Mick Barry of the Solidarity Party.
“It’s a disgrace that Leo Varadkar has kept this invitation open. There should be no welcome for Trump in Ireland.
“Solidarity will work energetically to build massive street protests against this visit, against President Trump and against everything the man stands for,” he added.
“Trump's presidency has emboldened the far-right and has fed into anti-immigration rhetoric around the world,” said Ed Fitzgerald, People Before Profit Cork City South East representative.
“This is something we must take a stand against”, he added.
“With the Irish government welcoming Trump, what message will this send to LGBTQ, Muslim and minority immigrant communities?” added Tjitske de Vries, People Before Profit Cork City South West representative.
“We will stand up against Trump's politics and ensure that Cork's resistance to racism and bigotry is on display for all to see.”
The exact time of the protest will be determined to coincide with the visit.