Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States the world will have to learn to work with him.

The Taoiseach was speaking to RTÉ News in Washington DC where he was on a two-day trip taking part in a number of engagements to mark the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.

When asked if he would welcome the presumptive Republican party nominee to Ireland, in light of his controversial remarks on immigrants, Muslims and women, Mr Kenny declined to give a definitive answer but said that Ireland would have to "manage" to work with the next president of the United States given the "traditional association" with the US.

He said the comments that Mr Trump had made were "very provocative remarks" but that some of them had been "rowed back on".

He said that it was not for him to comment on who the next US president would be and that it was a "provocative" and "very divisive" election campaign for both parties.

He said "the world will have to work with whatever president there is and given our traditional association with the United States we will manage to do that".