Irish leader 'rejects' Abbott's St Patrick's Day message

THE IRISH leader Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hit out at Prime Minister Tony Abbott over his St Patrick's Day video message. 

Mr Abbott sits in front of the camera wearing a green tie and declares that March 17 is the one day of the year that it's "good to be green". 

"Indeed it's been said of us that the English made the laws, the Scots made the money and the Irish made the songs," Mr Abbott said. 

He then goes on to apologise for being unable to make St Patrick's Day events last Friday with Irish business leaders and share a "Guinness or two and maybe even three" with them.

It's those remarks that seem to have hit a sore spot for Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who says the Australian PM is perpetuating a stereotype of the Irish. 

"I've heard the Prime Minister's comments. He made them. I don't agree with that," he told the Irish Independent.

"I think that it is perfectly in order for so many Irish people in Australia to have an enjoyable celebration of St Patrick's Day and St Patrick's week, and to do so in a thoroughly responsible fashion.

"There has been a long-term view of a stage Irish perception. I reject that."

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