What do Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Melania Trump have in common?
Published 20/07/2016 | 12:16
Remember when Enda Kenny 'borrowed' part of President Barack Obama's famous victory speech in 2011 during the US President’s visit to Ireland?
Mr Kenny's rousing speech sparked applause and cheers from the crowd at College Green in May 2011 but the opening section was strikingly similar to Mr Obama's 2008 speech at Grant Park in Chicago.
This week Melania Trump has been accused of lifting parts of Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention eight years ago.
Here in 2011, the controversy over Enda Kenny lasted for days, but Kenny insisted he was merely tipping his hat to America's president.
The first 40 words of his 470-word address introducing the president were deliberately from Obama's speech, he said.
"It was a tribute to the president of the United States as distinct from anything else," the Taoiseach said at the time. "That's one of his most famous speeches and it hangs in my office."
At the time, a government spokeswoman also denied he was plagiarising Mr Obama and said Mr Kenny merely echoed the sentiments expressed in the now world-famous speech to make it relevant for an Irish audience.
"I think what the Taoiseach was doing was drawing on a very well-known speech by Barack Obama and just putting it into an Irish context and an Irish setting," she said. "There was no plagiarism, he was just drawing on it."
In his speech, Mr Kenny said: "If there's anyone out there who still doubts that Ireland is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our ancestors is alive in our time; who still questions our capacity to restore ourselves, to reinvent ourselves and to prosper, well today is your answer."
While Mr Obama told Chicago in 2008 said: "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."