Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has defended Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s actions over the weekend, saying that he is entitled to “some down time”.
Varadkar came under scrutiny after an image of him attending a music festival in the UK began circulating on social media.
Harris stated that the Tánaiste has a busy week ahead of him and that he was taking some down time before that week began.
“He took some down time in the UK before that trip kicked off and I think everyone is entitled to a day off and a bit of down time, even the Tánaiste of our country,”.
As Varadkar attended the festival during the weekend that Electric Picnic was cancelled, it didn’t go down well with many people in Ireland.
Signer Mary Coughlan said that Varadkar’s attendance at the festival was “in very poor taste” when Irish people were “wondering what to do with their Electric Picnic tickets”.
Coughlan spoke on RTÉ’s today with Claire Byrne, saying that the Tánaiste met with representatives from the music industry ahead of the weekend before going to the festival, to which she said it appears that, “he doesn’t seem to have any understanding about what it has been like really”.
She added that Varadkar and the government should have put more thought and effort into organising outdoor events here while saying that “it’s one thing for them, one for us”.