Jerry Buttimer defends Leo Varadkar’s attendance at a UK festival

A Fine Gael Senator’s defending the Tanaiste’s attendance at a UK music festival and is describing the controversy as little more than ‘clickbait’.

It’s after a photo emerged on social media at the weekend showing Leo Varadkar at the Might Hoopla festival in London.

Members of the live entertainment industry have criticised the Tanaiste over his attendance as the sector here remained closed up to today.

While ex-Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell described it as ‘tone deaf’.

But senator Jerry Buttimer says it’s a non-story and needs to be kept in context.

“Leo Varadkar was in London on a private visit before a trade mission begins today.

“Leo Varadkar has been a supporter and strong advocate of events like Electric Picnic – which wasn’t cancelled by Government.

“The story to me highlights the overarching debate we need to have over what is the right that public figures to privacy versus the right to information.

“It just shows that we’re living in a clickbait society where people are in a rush to make comments.”

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