Thursday 22 February 2018

Taoiseach releases his first weekly address video... but not everyone is impressed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Picture: Gerry Mooney
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Picture: Gerry Mooney
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar issued his first weekly video address this evening.

“Dear Friend,” he wrote in the accompanying email. “Welcome to the first of my weekly video messages.

“Traditionally, these have been done in written form, but I’m going to do them as a video from now on to let you know about my work as Taoiseach.”

But those expecting something innovative may be disappointed.

In fact, several people have criticised the video's production values already.

“Get an ould mic and don't record in a room that's full of echoes lads,” the Rubber Bandits advised.

“60 quid in Maplin for a zoom recorder.”

The comedians also shared a link to a YouTube video titled ‘Vlogging for Beginners’.

Other people on social media recommended that the Taoiseach invest in a lapel mic or get a new sound technician.

“White noise makes it hard to listen to. If its to be weekly, please fix this,” one viewer wrote. 

Shot in one take, the video shows Varadkar sitting at his desk, while he talks about Justin Trudeau, bins and Brexit.

He also denied that the Dail is moving slowly.

 “There’s some truth to that but actually things have really sped up on the last little while...

“So a reasonably good week overall,” he concluded.

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