Far-right party’s ‘opportunistic’ launch in Merrion Hotel called off

The planned launch of a far-right party has been cancelled after Dublin’s Merrion Hotel pulled the plug on the event timed by organisers to capitalise on the election of Donald Trump.Justin Barrett: Has spoken at neo-Nazi events.The National Party has an anti-immigrant, anti-Europe and anti-abortion agenda. Its president Justin Barrett, a far-right campaigner, has previously spoken at neo-Nazi events.Merrion Hotel manager Garrett Power said the event was not taking place today. A spokeswoman for the hotel confirmed the event was cancelled but would not say why. The cancellation came after a backlash online from the public, politicians, and business figures.James Reynolds, the party’s deputy president, told the Irish Examiner Mr Barrett would instead give interviews today. The party was registered in August, he said, adding “we had meetings around the country, which were well attended”.READ NEXT Limerick in grip of homeless crisisHe did not disagree the event was happening on the back of Mr Trump’s election as president of the US. “We chose at the opportunistic time to have a press conference.”Mr Reynolds is current national treasurer of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association. He said his role with the party was separate. The ICSFA’s spokeswoman said it would have a board meeting tomorrow at which Mr Reynolds association with the farming group would be discussed.

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