Irish MP Calls for Hard, Army Patrolled, Northern Irish Border

Irish politician Peter Fitzpatrick today called for the Irish Army to patrol the Northern Irish internal border to stop cars driving south in an effort to combat Coronavirus, which is far more rife in the North than in the South. The Teachtaí Dála (TD) told the Irish parliament that cross-border travel is “being abused” and that “the number of northern registered cars you see is unreal”. He added “I don’t like it”…

“I think it’s about time that we started using the army. You see what’s happening in Dundalk we have a barracks in Dundalk where we have 450 soldiers there. Why not deploy them along the border area?”

Leo Varadkar responded by dismissing the suggestion, saying says the Irish “5 kilometre rule” is best enforced by gardaí (police) “and not by military means” in the border counties. Bit rich of the Irish Parliament to talk about protecting the Good Friday Agreement one day then discuss patrolling the border the next…

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Varadkar Calls on Attorney General & Lord Chancellor to Consider Their Oaths of Office

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar tells Newstalk Breakfast it was an…

“… extraordinary statement from a Cabinet member in a respected liberal democracy. You either adhere to the rule of law or you don’t and you either respect international treaties or you don’t. “There is no middle way. To me, Britain is a country that has always been an honourable country. It is inhabited by very honest people, it is the country of the Magna Carta, of the rule of law, of Parliamentary democracy. It is not a rogue state and to behave in this way is pretty extraordinary… Both the Attorney General in the UK and the Lord Chancellor have professional reputations. They take a particular oath of office and they need to consider that.”

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Picnicking Leo Varadkar Broke Irish Lockdown Rules

Over in Dublin the Irish Taoiseach has been pictured on Sunday evening enjoying the sunshine in Phoenix Park, away from home following the relaxing of the rules to allow people to meet friends outdoors, so long as social distancing was maintained. Varadkar’s people explained away how he was over the 5 kilometre limit for travel, claiming he was not living at his usual residence. Official sources claim the Taoiseach chose to stay at the Steward’s Lodge park residence in the park, because it has an office with “secure connections” for video conferencing which allows him to work from there. Convenient.

The tame Irish press seem disinterested as to whether or not he broke the 2 metre rule on the picnic. In fact they have not, as far as Guido can see, even reported with pictures of the picnic. Picnicking is against Varadkar’s own government’s guidance:

Outdoor spaces and tourism sites, including car parks beaches and trails will be opened, where people can move around freely and where social distancing can be maintained. If you’re visiting a public amenity, try not to stay too long at the site or have picnics. Please do your exercise and then go home.

Astonishingly the Irish press seem keener on reporting on Dominic Cummings’ movements…

Hat-tip: Gript

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Varadkar Does Not Regret Saying Britain is Just a “Small Country”

It’s almost as is there’s an election on…

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Leo Copies Boris

Following Boris’ new video last night answering the most googled questions about him, embattled electioneering Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has now released his own version. Guido understands that while Topham Guerin did the Boris video last night, they are not behind Leo’s video. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

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Varadkar Says October 31 Brexit Possible

Leo Varadkar says “it is possible for us to come” to a “treaty” agreement “by the end of October.”

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