Sunday 18 March 2018

'Trump’s comments are racist and dangerous' - What the Taoiseach and other senior Irish politicians have said about President-elect

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

IT was once thought to be a long shot - but now it will be President Trump in the White House in January 2017.

Irish politicians will have to adjust to the new reality - but here's what they've said about him in the past:

Taoiseach Enda Kenny:

“If Trump’s comments are racist and dangerous, which they are, there is an alternative to vote for.”

Social Protection Leo Varadkar:

“I don’t think there can be any doubt that many of the speeches he has made were racist and showed a very misogynistic attitude to women.”

Tanaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald:

"I think it's horrific in what has been said in relation to women, and that celebrity is some kind of excuse for sexual assault. I think they're horrendous comments and, you know, I think it's very disturbing what has been said in relation to the portrayal of women, the attitude to women. I find it deeply disturbing.”

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor:

"I think that it is totally unacceptable the way he talks about women. And what really disgusted me was the way he spoke about people with disability. It is reprehensible."

Junior Education and Skills Minister John Halligan:

“He’s nuts. I think he’s homophobic. I think he’s racist. I think he’s extreme right wing. I think he’s a clown. I think he’s no knowledge of foreign affairs. And, I think, he’s dangerous.”

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