American anti-gay preacher first ever person to be banned from Ireland

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan

However, Charlie Flanagan, the justice minister, has signed an exclusion order with immediate effect under Section 4 of the Immigration Act 1999.

Minister Flanagan stated that "I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy".

Anderson first came to public prominence in 2009 when he told his congregation he had prayed for the death of then-president Barack Obama and also praised the gunman who killed 49 people in an attack on a gay club in Florida in 2016.

Mr Anderson had already been banned from the 26 European Union countries in the Schengen Area, which does not include Ireland.

Anderson released a video prior to Ireland banning him, saying he was going there to preach to the "righteous remnant", adding that "the vast majority of the wicked people over there have already just embraced bloody infanticide", referring to the country voting to legalize abortion previous year.

A petition calling for him to be barred from the country gained over 14,000 signatures.

The Pastor also claimed to pray at night that former U.S. president Barack Obama would die.

Pastor Steven Anderson, the founder of a Baptist church in Arizona, is infamous for his fundamental views that frequently feature anti-LGBT+ rhetoric and denial of the Holocaust.

Anderson's church holds a literal belief in the King James version of the Bible.

"We believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination which God punishes with the death penalty", reads a statement on the church website.

According to The Irish Times, Anderson was slated to give a speech in Dublin later this month. The Group Political Editor for the Irish Independent Group Kevin Doyle first reported on the petitions.

"So far so good on Dublin. It is still on", he said. It's just yours truly who won't be there, except I am planning to be there in Ireland.

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Mr Anderson called for United Kingdom followers to travel to the event here.