Monday 11 December 2017

Comment: Kenny lecturing Trump is shameless hypocrisy while we mistreat our immigrants

Enda Kenny in a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, in which he discussed his meeting with President Trump, the state of the Irish economy and the Brexit negotiations. Photo: Kholood Eid/Bloomberg
Enda Kenny in a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, in which he discussed his meeting with President Trump, the state of the Irish economy and the Brexit negotiations. Photo: Kholood Eid/Bloomberg
Enda Kenny with President Trump at the White House.
Enda Kenny's speech in the US avoided insulting President Donald Trump - but delivered clear messages about immigration and the European Union Photo: Marty Katz / washingtonphotographer.com
US President Donald Trump claimed Germany owes vast sums to Nato
INVITATION: Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting US President Donald Trump. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Sources who were inside the Oval Office for his meeting with the Taoiseach suggest Mr Trump's knowledge of Ireland doesn't stretch far beyond Doonbeg Photo: Getty
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US President Donald Trump after a ‘Friends of Ireland’ lunch at the Capitol Building in Washington DC. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Enda Kenny is receiving international acclaim for lecturing US President Donald Trump on the value of immigration, but his fine words ring hollow when his Government continues to warehouse asylum applicants in institutions for years.

The Taoiseach should give his speech writers a raise. Having gone to the US a busted flush, after narrowly avoiding a motion of no confidence from his own parliamentary party members, he has returned a star.

In a perfectly pitched speech, which framed St Patrick as the patron saint of immigration, Mr Kenny spoke emotively about the role of generations of Irish emigrants in making America great again.

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