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The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, was guest speaker at our lunch in Buswells Hotel, Dublin, where he covered a wide range of topics, including the challenge facing Independents in forming a Government and sustaining an administration.

During a question and answer session, Minister Ross joined other Irish Government Ministers in condemning the US travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several mainly Muslim countries.

Mr Ross stressed the order was not being enforced by Dublin and Cork airport operator Dublin Airport Authority and any other Irish agency.

Rather it was being “implemented by US people”, he said.

“I am very concerned about what Donald Trump did, obviously because it is something that has Earth-shattering consequences globally – and no one could expect any Irish Government Minister to approve of what he did.