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Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams says he will go to White House on St Patrick's Day if invited

Belfast holds protest against Trump's travel ban

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said he would attend a reception for St Patrick's Day at the White House if he was invited.

It comes as Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said that an invitation to invite President Donald Trump to Northern Ireland would no longer be appropriate.

An invitation was issued back in November by the then First and deputy First Ministers Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness after Mr Trump's election victory.

Mrs O'Neill said if she was in the Executive Office, she would not have issued the invitation as it would "not be appropriate".

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Mr Adams will be in America during the week of St Patrick's day for a 48-hour visit.

Speaking at an event he said: "I'll be there, if the negotiations allow me, to engage with Irish America, with our friends in Capitol Hill, with the undocumented Irish.

"I haven't been invited to the White House. If I am invited, of course I would go."

Meanwhile a protest was held in Belfast on Saturday against President Trump's travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US.

Demonstrations have been held around the world.

A federal judge's ruling placed a temporary halt on the ban. The Trump administration then launched an appeal against the court ruling - which it lost.

Around 200 people attended the demonstration at Belfast City Hall.

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