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Friday 25 May 2018

Leo's got just the ticket for two Cats supporters - but he's off to Electric Picnic

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

His native Dubs aren't in Croke Park tomorrow and Fine Gael have no TDs in Tipperary, so what else could Leo Varadkar do other than provide two Kilkenny pals with tickets for the big game?

The Social Protection Minister was snapped with an envelope on his lap yesterday as he arrived at Government Buildings.

"Hurling tickets, payment on collection €160," was the writing on the front, along with the names of TD John Paul Phelan and Cllr Mick Doyle.

Both Fine Gaelers hail from Kilkenny. Mr Phelan said Mr Varadkar texted him on Thursday to say he had tickets and asking if he wanted them.

"He contacted me there to say he had two tickets there if I wanted them and I said I have a guy here who would love them.

"Myself and (councillor) Mick Doyle actually played hurling together. He was one of the best hurlers I ever played," he said.

When asked if Mr Varadkar would be pulling on the black and amber of Kilkenny for the final at Croke Park, Mr Phelan said as far as he knew the minister would be at the Electric Picnic festival and couldn't attend the final.

Irish Independent

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