Wednesday 16 October 2019

WATCH: Friday night on the campaign trail - Taoiseach plays butcher while Mairead McGuinness is in a bathtub

Fine Gael canvass Kells. Butcher Tony Grey with local candidate Peter Farrelly, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and MEP Mairead McGuinness . Picture; Gerry Mooney
Fine Gael canvass Kells. Butcher Tony Grey with local candidate Peter Farrelly, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and MEP Mairead McGuinness . Picture; Gerry Mooney
Mairead McGuinness in a bath Photo: Doug O'Connor
The protest was held outside Cork City Hall (Michelle Devane/PA)
Fine Gael canvass Kells. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gets a selfie with Aoife McLoughlin. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor

It’s taken him 10 days but Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has found the answer to ‘Where’s the beef, ya vegan?’

Mr Varadkar was back on the campaign trail this evening in Kells, Co Meath where local butcher Tony Grey was more than happy to help him over recent PR problems.

Last week the Taoiseach was met by a crowd of up to 500 angry farmers when he arrived in Cork for a Cabinet meeting.

They were protesting about the low prices being achieved for beef at the minute.

But it was the cries of one farmer who was annoyed over Mr Varadkar’s decision to eat less red meat in order to reduce his carbon foot print that grabbed the headlines.

“Where's the beef, ya vegan” was the chant.

Today Mr Varadkar sought to prove his carnivore credentials while canvassing with MEP Mairead McGuinness.

He hopped behind the counter at the butchers in Kells under instruction from photographers.

“Somehow I know the angle on this one,” he laughed, adding: “It’s nearly barbeque season.”

On the same canvass Ms McGuinness posed sitting in a bathtub at a local interior shop.

An opinion poll today suggested she is the runaway favourite to top the European poll in the Midlands North West constituency.

Asked whether she would tell some supporters to give her running mate, Maria Walsh, a first preference in order to try win two seats, Ms McGuinness said it would be “difficult” for her to do.

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