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Ireland bans anti-gay US preacher

IANS  |  Dublin 

A has become the first person to be banned from under a 20-year-old Act, a media report said on Monday.

Steven Anderson, a pastor from Arizona, runs the Faithful Word Baptist church, the reported.

His website claimed that he was due to preach in on May 26.

However, an calling for Anderson to be banned from was created in response, and gained 14,000 signatures.

Irish signed an exclusion order for Anderson with immediate effect under the Immigration Act 1999.

It is the first time an exclusion order has been granted since the creation of the act 20 years ago.

Flanagan said he had signed the order "under my powers in the interests of public policy".

Anderson has previously called for the death of former US and praised the gunman who killed 49 people in an attack on a gay night club in in 2016.

He has been banned from a number of countries, including the UK.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 15:52 IST