Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has moved to distance Ireland from the hardline stance being adopted by some European Union countries to the growing refugee crisis.

Mr Coveney said he was not going to start judging other countries with regard to their policies to cope with the growing refugee crisis but he was keen to stress Ireland would be a welcoming place.

Asked about comments by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban raising concerns about the fact that many of the refugees are Muslim, Mr Coveney said he did not share Mr Orban's views.

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