Sunday 21 January 2018

Taoiseach’s citing of 'Love Actually' in Downing Street 'not exactly Michael Collins'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
John Downing

John Downing

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been taken to task for citing the movie “Love Actually” during his first visit to the British Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street.

Mr Varadkar told journalists in London after meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May that his first visit to the building was “a little thrill”.

“I was reminded of that famous scene in Love Actually where Hugh Grant does his dance down the stairs,” the new Taoiseach said.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said the words “were not exactly in the spirit of Michael Collins.”

During the Taoiseach’s first session facing Dáil questions, Mr Adams went on to say that Mr Varadkar had no popular mandate as leader of the Irish Government.

Mr Adams insisted that there were no “new politics” as people languished on hospital trolleys, and were on housing lists and left homeless.

The Sinn Fein leader also condemned Fianna Fáil for keeping the current minority Coalition in power.

The Taoiseach replied that it was clear Mr Adams disliked the reference to “Love Actually.”

“You were there more often than me,” Mr Varadkar told Gerry Adams about Downing Street.

Mr Varadkar said he was aware from following Mr Adams on Twitter that he preferred the film director, Richard Curtis’s later work, including the film “About Time.”

“I think it’s about time we had a restoration of power-sharing in the North,” Mr Varadkar said.

The Taoiseach said Sinn Fein appeared to love elections – but did not want responsibility in government. He also pointed to the party’s policy of not taking their seats in the Westminster parliament.

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