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Gerry Adams pressed to reveal if Donald Trump was Sinn Fein party donor

By Noel McAdam

Gerry Adams has been urged to spell out his party's relationship with new US President Donald Trump.

The Sinn Fein president had urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to refuse to implement Mr Trump's travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.

Mr Adams had urged Mr Kenny to drive home his opposition to the ban at the White House during the St Patrick's celebrations in March.

"His visit cannot be business as usual. It is incumbent on him to relay to the US President, in the strongest possible terms, the opposition of those in Ireland to these measures," Mr Adams said.

But the opposition, Fianna Fail, said Mr Adams had enjoyed a warm relationship with the newly-elected president in the past, when Mr Trump was a high profile attendee at Sinn Fein fundraisers and had been publicly acknowledged by the Sinn Fein leader.

Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins called on Mr Adams to spell out how much the US President and/or the Trump Organisation has donated to the party over the years.

"Gerry Adams, in common with most other right thinking people, condemns the travel ban initiated in recent days by US President Donald Trump," Mr Collins argued.

"We also know that Congressman Peter King, named by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as one of the key architects of the travel ban, is a long-time close personal ally of Deputy Adams and a major fundraiser for his party for over 30 years.

"While King has now claimed that he didn't design the ban, he has expressed his strong support for it and has urged the President to go further, establishing a Federal Muslim Surveillance Programme. Will Mr Adams condemn him?"

Mr Collins called on Sinn Fein to publicly condemn the congressman's comments and "spell out how much Mr King has donated and helped raise for his organisation since he first came out in support of NORAID in the 1980s and return that cash".

Mr King has repeatedly backed Mr Adams over the years, including when he was arrested in connection with the murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Last night the party hit back: "Sinn Fein's opposition to the policies of Trump is a matter of public record."

It pointed out that over the weekend Mr Adams said: "The arbitrary travel ban and the refusal to offer sanctuary to refugees runs counter to international obligations, equality and decency."

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