Updated: 03/02/17 : 07:40:24
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US Embassy Dublin protest over Trump immigration ban

Hundreds of people turned out in Dublin last night to protest against US President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

The United Against Racism demonstration took place outside the US Embassy in Dublin’s Ballsbridge.

RTÉ reports that Richard Boyd Barrett of the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit was among those in attendance.

He has called for another protest outside Leinster House next Thursday, to coincide with a Dáil debate.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin and Green Party TD Eamon Ryan also attended the protest.

The Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O'Gorman addressed the crowd.

He expressed his deep concern at Mr Trump's immigration ban.

Earlier, the US Embassy advised US citizens to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place.

A notice on the embassy's website said "even protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence".

Meanwhile, the Anti-Austerity Alliance has called on Sinn Féin to withdraw an invitation made by Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster to Mr Trump to visit Northern Ireland.

The invitation was made in a letter to Mr Trump from the then first minister and deputy first minister following Mr Trump's election win last November.

The Stormont Assembly has since collapsed due to a scandal over a renewable heating scheme and elections are due to take place in March.

In a statement, AAA TD Mick Barry said "the Sinn Féin leadership need to review this invitation and immediately withdraw it."

Michelle O'Neill, who has replaced Mr McGuinness as Sinn Féin's leader in Northern Ireland, said the invitation was made before Mr Trump took office.

She added that "the actions of President Trump since taking office, mean that an invitation to visit would not now be appropriate."