Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s partner Matt Barrett has criticised the photographing of Varadkar at a UK music festival, saying that it shows people will “celebrate” the violation of another’s privacy.
In a letter published by The Irish Times, Barrett stated that it’s “ridiculous” and “dangerous” that the right to privacy is conditional on the attitudes, sensibilities and prejudices of another individual.
The photograph appeared on Twitter on Saturday, where the Tánaiste is seen at the Mighty Hoopla festival during the same weekend that Electric Picnic was cancelled.
The fact that Electric Picnic was cancelled is what caused such uproar towards the photograph.
In relation to his partner’s right to privacy, Barrett wrote, “The individual who photographed the Tánaiste does not have a right to violate this merely because she believed it was justified and consistent with her own beliefs about what constitutes appropriate behaviour.”
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