Monday 19 August 2019

Varadkar facing criticism for agreeing to make historic Orange Order visit

Leo Varadkar. Photo: INM
Leo Varadkar. Photo: INM
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing criticism for agreeing to launch a Belfast festival which many link to the republican movement.

The Taoiseach will travel to the North tomorrow to attend a series of events including an historic visit to the headquarters of the Orange Order.

But Mr Varadkar's participation in Féile an Phobail is attracting more attention.

The festival was born out of the Troubles in 1988 and Gerry Adams was instrumental to its foundation. Among the events is a talk by the leaders of 'The Great Escape', when IRA prisoners broke out of Long Kesh.

Austin Stack, whose father was murdered by the IRA, said the move signalled "the romance continues" between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.

Irish Independent

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