Monday 10 December 2018

Leo Varadkar on LCD Soundsystem backstage incident: 'I didn't realise there was a problem until the next day'

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee took a selfie with, among others, Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe, before the LCD Soundsystem gig
Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee took a selfie with, among others, Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe, before the LCD Soundsystem gig
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar doesn’t remember walking away from LCD Soundsystem guitarist Al Doyle – but says he is unlikely to have walked towards him if he was wearing a ‘Repeal’ tote bag.

Mr Varadkar has offered up his version of events backstage in the Olympia Theatre on Friday, saying he didn’t realise there was a problem until the next day.

Mr Doyle tweeted that the Taoiseach was a “tosser” for declining to pose for a photograph in front of the ‘Repeal’ sign which has become the key symbol for opponents of the Eighth Amendment.

Members of the popular band also hit out at Mr Varadkar, saying they hope he enjoyed his “free concert and taco”.

The Taoiseach was at the gig other members of Fine Gael including Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee and Limerick TD Tom Neville.

“Friday night I went to a concert with some friends. It was a private occasion. I was invited backstage to meet the band,” Mr Vardakar explained.

“From my recollection it was an ordinary, relatively pleasant engagement which one or two members of the band wanted to raise their views on abortion.

“I certainly had no difficulty with that. Nobody with me had any difficulty with that. I didn’t realise there was a problem until the next day.”

Asked about his encountered with Mr Doyle, the Taoisaech said he has “no difficulty” with people raising political issues on social occasions because it “happens all the time”.

But he added: “I actually don’t have a recollection of that to be honest. I can imagine if you saw somebody walked towards you with a ‘Repeal’ tote bag around their neck it mightn’t be the first thing you’d consider doing would be walking over. I’m not sure I walked away.”

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