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Thursday 18 September 2014

Taoiseach says Daly remarks 'a disgrace'

Clare Daly TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

WE shut roads, closed off tourist hot spots, rolled out red carpets and welcomed them with open arms.

Or in the words of Clare Daly, we "prostituted ourselves" to the Obamas "in return for a pat on the head". She has prompted a furious reaction by accusing the Government of showcasing Ireland "as a nation of pimps".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described her remarks as a "disgrace" after Ms Daly said there was "almost unprecedented slobbering" over the US president and his family.

But today Ms Daly said she was "inundated" by people from both Ireland and the US who supported her stance.

Tourism Minister Michael Ring said he was "very disappointed to hear her comments".

Drones

"There were 105,000 people employed in the tourist industry here. The country had been beamed all over the world, we would never have the budget for this type of boost," he said.

The astonishing row broke out in the Dail yesterday after the Dublin North TD described Barack Obama as a "war criminal" who had increased the use of drones by 200pc, resulting in thousands of deaths.

A stunned Mr Kenny hit back: "I think your comments are disgraceful. I think they do down the pride of Irish people all over the world who are more than happy to see this island being host to the G8."

kdoyle@herald.ie

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