TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says he has not raised the possibility of phone calls and emails in Ireland being spied on with the US authorities.
The storm over the US bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel dominated an EU summit yesterday.
The revelations about the tapping of the German leader follows reports earlier in the year of spying on France and the European Union.
But Mr Kenny said he had not checked with the US authorities about Ireland also being on the list of friendly countries being targeted.
"Have I raised that with the United States? No, I haven't raised it with America. I haven't.
"But I said yesterday, if the allegations were true that the private mobile phone of the German Chancellor was being listened into, then I find that an appaling situation," he said.
"So I think this is an issue, obviously has been in worldwide news, but she has been very clear that she wants to move on here," he added.
Despite reports of 35 world leaders being bugged by the US, Mr Kenny said his own mobile phone has not been checked out by gardai to see if he was being tapped.
"I had a long conversation the other day with Deputy Bannon from Longford-Westmeath about employment down there and I'm not sure whether anybody is interested in that abroad or not.
"Not to be flippant about it, I have no idea of the source of that comment. It has never been raised with me by the gardai and I have never raised it with the gardai myself and that's the only thing I can say about that," he said.
The Taoiseach said there was a great deal of discussion at the issue at the EU summit, led by Mrs Merkel.