Enda Kenny has described comments by US Presidential candidate Donald Trump as “racist and dangerous”.
The Taoiseach went much further in the Dáil on Tuesday in statements about the Republican frontrunner than the more conciliatory tone he struck in the US last month.
Asked for his views on Mr Trump while in Washington, Mr Kenny said it was not for him to comment on who the next president should be.
He described the battle between Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton as “a matter for the American electorate" but admitted the debate has been "very provocative and divisive".
However, in the Dáil this afternoon Richard Boyd Barrett of the Anti-Austerity Alliance asked Mr Kenny if he would be happy with the continued use of Shannon Airport by the US military if they are under the command of Mr Trump.
He referenced the billionaire’s comments in relation to immigration.
In response, Mr Kenny said: “If Trumps comments are racist and dangerous, which they are, there is an alternative to vote for.”
There can be few people with experience of living in both the United Kingdom and the United States who do not conclude that we two English-speaking peoples have at least as much that divides us as we have in common.