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Varadkar faces criticism after being photographed at UK music festival

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is facing criticism after he was photographed at a music festival in London on the same weekend that Electric Picnic was cancelled.

A photograph emerged on social media of Varadkar attending the Mighty Hoopla festival on Saturday.


Oonagh Murphy tweeted the photograph of the Tánaiste while stating, “Interesting that Leo Varadkar has come to a festival in the UK today, while failing to commit to a plan for the Irish entertainment industry. (reminder: this is the weekend EP was due to take place).”

The photograph did not go down well with social media users, as the Irish entertainment industry has been closed for over 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the fact that Electric Picnic was supposed to go ahead on the same weekend.

Irish Music Industry Podcast producer Mark Graham tweeted, “On the weekend that Electric Picnic was meant to be on, here is Leo Varadkar at the unsegregated full-on full capacity Might Hoopla Festival London. Entry with Covid passport or PCR test. Angry? Please let him and his colleagues who have crippled our entertainment industry know.”


However, the Tánaiste’s actions have not been entirely met with criticism, with one Twitter user ‘Bobby Healy’ stating that Varadkar has a right to a private life.

A spokeswoman for Varadkar stated that he is currently in the UK on “private time” where events such as music festivals can legally take place.

With festivals and concerts being permitted to go ahead on Monday in Ireland, the spokeswoman stated, “The Tánaiste is a strong supporter of the Irish events industry and nearly 100 million has been provided to the entertainment sector during the pandemic, not including EWSS and PUP.”


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