DUP leader Arlene Foster has responded to criticism made of the Taoiseach by her party colleague Nigel Dodds over comments Enda Kenny made about Northern Ireland and EU membership.

Ms Foster said the Taoiseach is entitled to his opinion and he is entitled to articulate it but "we don't take too kindly to people telling us what to do".  

DUP deputy leader Mr Dodds had earlier advised the Taoiseach to leave the question of the UK's membership of the EU to the voters who will decide the issue. 

Mr Dodds issued a statement last night after Mr Kenny said in London that the UK leaving the EU would cause serious difficulties for Northern Ireland. 

Mr Dodds said for politicians outside the UK "to tell us how to vote and lecture us as to what is best for Northern Ireland is disrespectful and will be counter productive".

He continued:"I trust that Enda Kenny will keep this in mind when making future comments about the EU referendum."

Mr Kenny has said many times that were the UK to leave the EU it would have consequences for Ireland, south and north.


Analysis: Tommie Gorman

Enda Kenny's comments in London yesterday after he met British Prime Minister David Cameron have highlighted how sensitive the EU membership is for Northern Ireland's largest party, the DUP.

The Taoiseach's remarks included the view that the UK leaving the EU would cause serious difficulties for Northern Ireland.

The DUP's deputy leader Nigel Dodds criticised that intervention and today Arlene Foster said it is for the people of the UK to decide what is the best way forward and “as you know, we don't take too kindly to people telling us what to do”. 

She also said that the DUP is a Eurosceptic party and if people were to vote in the morning, without reforms, it would favour coming out of Europe.

However, the party will wait to see what emerges from Mr Cameron's negotiations with other EU leaders before deciding its stance for the membership referendum.

The Agriculture Minister in the power-sharing executive has taken a different view. Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill said she believes Northern Ireland's interests are better served by remaining in the EU.