Wednesday 21 February 2018

Taoiseach condemns Donald Trump's 'truly outrageous' remarks about Mexicans

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Niall O’Connor

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described remarks made by US billionaire Donald Trump on the issue of immigration as “truly outrageous”.

The Presidential candidate has sparked outrage after claiming that the US has become a “dumping ground” for Mexicans.

Mr Trump’s claims were raised in the Dáil this evening by People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett, who said the Republican nominee had accused Mexico of “exporting its rapists and criminals’’ to the US.

“What is very relevant to the undocumented Irish is that he has called for the expulsion of all 11.3 million undocumented workers in the US,’’ the Dún Laoghaire deputy added.

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But Mr Kenny joined Mr Boyd Barrett in criticising Mr Trump, who owns the Doonbeg Golf Club and Resort in County Clare.

“I regard the comments made by candidate Trump as being absolutely outrageous, and I condemn them unreservedly in the context of immigrant people,” Mr Kenny told the Dáil.

"We have 70 million people ourselves worldwide who claim Irish ancestry, many of those were deported, many of those left because of economic circumstances,” he added.

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