Friday 20 July 2018

LCD Soundsystem synth player says Taoiseach is a 'liar' who got a 'free concert and taco'

Mary McDonnell

A member of LCD Soundsystem has launched a fresh attack on Leo Varadkar after the band's guitarist earlier branded the Taoiseach a 'tosser'.

Nancy Whang, a synth player with the band, hit out at Mr Varadkar on Twitter today, labelling him a "liar" alongside a picture of a newspaper front page which said Mr Varadkar wouldn’t pose with Ms Whang.

ON THE TOWN: Back row from left, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, actress Jenny Dixon and TD Tom Neville, were among those included in a selfie taken by Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee (front centre) at the LCD Soundsytem concert last Friday nightstand
ON THE TOWN: Back row from left, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, actress Jenny Dixon and TD Tom Neville, were among those included in a selfie taken by Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee (front centre) at the LCD Soundsytem concert last Friday nightstand

In a heated tweet she wrote: “Bigger oops. [Mr Varadkar] won’t stand up for abortion rights. Also you’re a liar.”

She also claimed the Taoiseach attended Friday’s gig for free and enjoyed a free taco backstage.

It comes after Mr Varadkar said he had “no problem at all” with guitarist Al Doyle expressing his views on the Eight Amendment.

In a tweet on Friday, Mr Doyle described the Taoiseach as a “tosser” and claimed he walked away from the guitarist when he hung a ‘repeal’ tote bag around his neck.

Mr Doyle also claimed Ms Whang “totally took [Mr Varadkar] to task as well”.

The guitarist from Brooklyn later apologised for getting involved in the debate surrounding the Eight Amendment which equates the right to life of the mother with an unborn child. 

He wrote on Twitter: “I don't have much right to wade into this debate as some Johnny come lately when it's not even my country, so sorry about that too.”

The gig was organised by MCD, and its co-founder Caroline Downey said the incident “never happened”. She shared a photo of the band posing with the Taoiseach.

Mr Varadkar told the Sunday Independent: "One or two of the band members wanted to share their view with me on the Eight Amendment. I had no problem with that at all."

A spokesman for an Taoiseach has been contacted for comment and attempts were made to contact Ms Whang.

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