US president Barack Obama was accused of executing children by a TD who urged the Taoiseach to raise human rights issues when he visits the White House next week.
Independent deputy Mick Wallace expressed concern at the use of drone strikes by the American military, which he said were indiscriminately killing civilians.
The Wexford TD said President Obama was someone who “personally orders the pointless execution of scores of innocent children”.
Mr Wallace said the US president selects the targets for drone strikes each week and they result in death and injury for innocent people, including children.
“We should have a problem with children being murdered and slaughtered.
“In one case in Yemen, it took seven drone strikes before the US killed its target. In those strikes, as many as 164 persons died, including 11 children,” the TD said.
Mr Kenny, who makes his annual St Patrick’s Day visit to Washington DC next week, and who replied in Irish as the Dáil celebrated the language, disagreed with Mr Wallace.
The Independent TD complained he could not understand the Taoiseach because his translation headset was not working. He said the only beneficiary of the drone strikes was the American arms industry.
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams warned in Leader’s Questions the Government was not doing enough to help the 110,000 households in mortgage arrears.
Mr Kenny said the Government would bring forward proposals next month to deal with the situation, and reducing the period of bankruptcy was among the things being considered.
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