Enda Kenny defends screening process for refugees

Enda Kenny defends screening process for refugees

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended the screening process for refugees, saying there are already checks in place to ensure Ireland does not accept jihadists.

Enda Kenny was responding to calls from the Renua leader Lucinda Creighton, who called for increased screening for refugees.

It follows a weekend opinion poll which showed 46% of people believe Ireland could be susceptible to a Paris-style attack.

This afternoon the Taoiseach said the EU as a whole was already planning screening tests on all refugees to ensure the safety of all concerned.

"It's quite a complex issue, given the numbers that have been travelling and the difficulties that presents at receiving centres.

"But," he said, "they are to be assessed and that's a challenge for Europe to get them all assessed in a comprehensive fashion."

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