Monday 24 June 2019

'I don't think anybody should have to hide their sexuality' - Lucinda Creighton is 'delighted' for Leo Varadkar

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Lucinda Creighton
Late Lunch Live on TV3 Lucinda Creighton
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Former Fine Gael Minister Lucinda Creighton has said that she is "really pleased" for Health Minister Leo Varadkar following his public 'coming out' announcement in a radio interview with Miriam O'Callaghan on Sunday.

“When I heard he was doing a personal interview, I knew and I listened in obviously and I thought it was a super interview," she said on Late Lunch Live this afternoon.

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

"I don't think anybody should have to hide their sexuality. I don't think anybody should have to make a big deal about it but coming from where we are coming from I think, you know, it would have hung over him and there's always whispering and gossip, especially in politics and media circles so I think it's really good for him."

Lucinda and Leo know each other since being members of Young Fine Gael in Trinity College Dublin.

Read more: Leo Varadkar: 'I am a gay man. It's not a secret'

Ms Creighton was on the TV3 show to discuss her recent announcement of a new political party alongside Eddie Hobbs and John Leahy.

She told presenters Martin King and Lucy Kennedy that her little girl is the main driving force behind her decisions.

“I know lots of people whose children have emigrated and they're really sad and really lonely without them. I mean what is anyone's biggest ambition for their country? It's probably that their children can grow up here and have a life here and, you know, a future.”

Leo Varadkar and Miriam O'Callaghan
Leo Varadkar and Miriam O'Callaghan

Lucinda has one little girl with husband Senator Paul Bradford.

A Late Lunch Live viewer later questioned Lucinda’s view on same sex marriage, as she has previously spoke about her reservations.

"I've given it a lot of thought and consideration and I can see the arguments on both sides and I think, in a democracy, it's important to be able to understand where people are coming from and I certainly would have come from a position where while I supported civil partnership, I maybe would have had reservations about same sex marriage like a lot of people may have, but I think while the debate has evolved, people's views have changed and I'm probably no different, so I'm happy to support the referendum and I'm looking forward to the debate.”

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