Taoiseach Enda Kenny expresses disappointment in The New York Times
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny expresses disappointment in The New York Times

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has come out in support of former Irish president Mary McAleese’s letter condemning The New York Times' coverage of the Berkeley balcony tragedy.

Mrs McAleese wrote to the American newspaper after it published an article online,  in the wake of the  balcony collapse, which labelled Irish students in America a “source of shame” for the country.

In her letter, she said the team behind the newspaper should “be hanging its head in shame” for the approach the article took.

Speaking after his meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron today, an Taoiseach said he agreed with Mrs McAleese’s comments in her letter, and expressed his “disappointment” in The New York Times for publishing the article.

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Mr Kenny and Mr Cameron discussed Britain’s future in the European Union and the North of Ireland in their talks today – and the topic of the Berkeley tragedy was touched on by both.

“I firstly want to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the young people who died in Berkeley this week,” Mr Cameron said, opening his address after the talks, before Mr Kenny acceped his condolences on behalf of the Irish people.

An Taoiseach’s two-day visit to Britain concludes today.