Sunday 22 April 2018

Taoiseach: I've no problem with guitarist's 'tosser' tweet

ON THE TOWN: Back row from left, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, actress Jenny Dixon and TD Tom Neville, were among those included in a selfie taken by Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee (front centre) at the LCD Soundsytem concert last Friday nightstand
ON THE TOWN: Back row from left, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, actress Jenny Dixon and TD Tom Neville, were among those included in a selfie taken by Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee (front centre) at the LCD Soundsytem concert last Friday nightstand

Shona Murray

A detente was brokered last night between New York band LCD Soundsystem and their most high-profile fan in Ireland, Leo Varadkar.

The Taoiseach joined FG's 'young set', including Paschal Donohoe and Helen McEntee, at Dublin's Olympia Theatre last Friday night and went backstage after the gig. But the band's guitarist Al Doyle later took to Twitter and branded Mr Varadkar a 'tosser' after a brief interaction between the two.

"Irish PM Leo Varadkar came backstage. Wore a 'repeal' tote bag around my neck in front of him; he walked away. Tosser," he tweeted.

But Helen McEntee quickly defended the party leader on Twitter.

"Wow! You do realise he's the one actually raising the repeal issue when others wouldn't," Ms McEntee wrote.

Later, there was a note of reconciliation with the guitarist stating that he 'in no way' wanted to drive attention away from the Eighth Amendment campaign by criticising the Taoiseach. Al Doyle said: "It was just a throwaway remark... it wasn't meant to distract from the important fact that at least a debate is finally taking place in Ireland, and women can now have a say in their own autonomy.

"Leo seemed totally fine, I'm glad there's a referendum."

The Taoiseach was magnanimous, saying: "We went to the concert with some friends. It was a private occasion. It was a great concert.

"We were invited backstage to meet the band which was a real privilege.

"One or two of the band members wanted to share their view with me on the Eighth Amendment.

"I had no problem at all with that."

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