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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Boris-Varadkar Meeting Being Scheduled For Tomorrow

Ireland announced what is being called a ‘Boris budget’ yesterday, as Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe delivered his budget on the basis of a No Deal Brexit scenario. Donohoe told the Today Programme this morning that the decision to do so was made “a number of weeks ago”, evidently before Boris’ New Deal was proposed. This will not quell noises from London that Brussels and Dublin are not acting in good faith towards UK proposals…

Ireland’s budget used figures showing that under No Deal, Ireland would suffer a drop in growth rate from 5% to less than 1%. As a consequence and in order to build up a Brexit war chest, no changes to personal taxation or increases in social welfare spending were announced.

Despite the No Deal bravado from Dublin, a tentative meeting is being arranged between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach, likely to be hosted in Liverpool tomorrow. The UK side is not expecting great things from it…

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Varadkar to Throw Holy Water on Boris in New York

Footage has emerged of Irish PM Leo Varadkar joking about throwing Holy Water over Boris Johnson at next week’s UN Climate Change summit in New York. Could there be a more Irish snub?…

Following a blessing of a refurbished runway at Ireland’s West Airport (apparently a completely normal ceremony in Ireland), the priest turned to Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and presented him with another vial of holy water, saying “Taoiseach, I know you’re going to New York next week and meeting Boris Johnson“.

The Irish PM replied, “Do I throw it over him?” to gales of laughter. Seems he got the memo from the Luxembourg PM to give up on diplomacy with the UK…

h/t @skydavidblevins
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