Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan has said he will join a protest against US President Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in November.

However, he said that he will not be organising any protest.

Speaking on RTÉ's Marian Finucane programme, Mr Halligan said he thinks it is right that Mr Trump is coming here, but he would not be true to himself if he praised the US President.

It comes after politicians and activists said that they will be holding a protest during Mr Trump's visit.

On Friday, the White House announced that the US President will visit Ireland as part of a wider trip to Europe, to "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

Mr Halligan said that some of the comments Mr Trump has made about migrants are repulsive. He also described as "unacceptable", the way that Mr Trump talks about women.

The minister said he has not spoken to his Independent Alliance colleagues about their stance on the visit, but he expects Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath will also join a protest.

Mr Halligan said he did not know what Minister for Transport Shane Ross will do in relation to the visit, even though he spoke to him today.

He said the Independent Alliance, which is meeting this week, is made up of individuals who are free to decide their own position on issues.