ULA TD claims country pimped out like prostitutes for Obamas

The Taoiseach has reacted angrily at the language used by an Independent TD who has criticised what she called the "unprecedented slobbering" by government over the Obamas.

Clare Daly claimed the country was pimped out like a nation of prostitutes over the past few days.

Deputy Daly says President Obama is a war criminal while at the same time talking peace to children in Northern Ireland.

But her comments about the government welcome for the US First family drew a terse response from Enda Kenny.

"You have showcased us as a nation of pimps - prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head" Deputy Daly said.

"To be honest with you, we were really speculating this morning whether you were going to deck the Cabinet out in leprechaun hats decorated with a bit of stars and stripes to really mark abject humiliation here" she added.

In reply, Taoiseach Kenny said "I think your comments are disgraceful - I think they do down the pride of Irish people all over the world".