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A Varadkar Excuse (King Charles III Coronation)

  • 15-05-2023 4:44pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,991 ✭✭✭RoTelly

    So Varadkar seems to have 2 excuses when it comes to his "private life"

    1. I am individual I deserve time off
    2. My partner is a private individual

    Yes he is correct on both points but unfortunately has Taoiseach or Tainiste he must be aware of public perception and he must be aware that he represents our country.

    And if your partner (Husband/Wife/Boyfriend/Girlfriend) is brought to a public event they become a public representative also its the nature of the game, can you imagine if Mrs Higgins started posting on Insta to her sistas?


    Just one more thing .... when did they return that car




  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Whats your exact issue op?

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,381 ✭✭✭Yurt2

    On a private level, many people would probably agree that the trappings of the Coronation were somewhat silly, however he was there more or less representing the State - even if it is by proxy with his partner. So making sexual innuendos on the Insta and treating it like you're going to the Trinity Ball isn't big or clever.

    There's a level of immaturity that both Leo and partner have displayed pretty regularly.

    No one is asking them to be buttoned up sourpusses, but I think if an invite is issued to you as the Chief Executive of the country to a major State event of your nearest neighbour, maybe don't pick your nose in front of the cameras and tell your partner to stop making penis jokes on social media.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,991 ✭✭✭RoTelly

    That this type of excuse is not a good one or a proper one.

    Sorry I thought I'd made that clear!


    Just one more thing .... when did they return that car


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,583 ✭✭✭✭kippy

    I haven't seen the postings but when you are invited to attend an event such as a Kings coronation you would be expected to show some respect. When you are there as the guest of a senior politician representing another nation I think this is doubly so.

    LV seems to use this line a fair bit and while he may be his own private individual he wouldn't have been there without being LVs partner and with that comes some responsibilities.

    I think it best if he apologies for his actions and we all move on. If it is deemed serious enough one would hope the electorate treat it as such next time out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,878 ✭✭✭nachouser

    "Lads, will you ever just **** off? Most of you detest the Monarchy anyway."

    That would probably have been the correct response, but lacking somewhat in tact.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,645 ✭✭✭...Ghost...

    The issue is not with the OP, it's with the leader of our country and his boyfriend. Both have acted like disrespectful morons. One posting on insta despite it not being allowed at the event. The other excusing the behaviour with a totally BS excuse.

    Stay Free

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,614 ✭✭✭Montage of Feck

    The coronation was a silly pantomime, so I'm not too bothered. But of late LV has shown himself up a bit as an obnoxious "frat boy" type character, this incident only adds to that assumption.

    Post edited by Montage of Feck on


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,175 ✭✭✭Be right back

    I wonder who leaked the Instagram posts? Was he asked why would he pick his nose in full view of the cameras at a foreign state occasion?

  • Posts: 2,725 [Deleted User]

    I’m absolutely outraged about [insert complete non-issue here] and feel that [individual/organisation/party/Government/State] should be [arrested/forced to resign/shot dead/started again/disbanded/declared illegal]

    [Pearse/Connolly/Collins] is rolling in his grave.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    So his excuses are not good but by your own admission they are correct excuses?

    Which is it?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,381 ✭✭✭Yurt2

    That's a predictable response from you I must say.

    Most people aren't outraged, merely withered at consistent immature displays from Leo. He and partner were there representing the State. Between Leo digging for gold in his nasal passage and Matt clowning around on Instagram with innuendos about sceptres and rods, they should stay at home the next time an invite issued to a major foreign State event.

    Their job was a simple one: fly to London, attend the ceremony, and get home without making an ar*e of yourself or the State. Mission failed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,427 ✭✭✭NSAman

    If he doesn't want his boyfriend making stupid comments then he shouldn't have brought him with.

    Technically he is representing the country. If Matt didn't want to do that he should have stayed at home.

    Varadkar is all about making excuses for himself and his other half, anything that suits himself is fine and to hell with diplomacy and common sense.

    When the tax payer is footing the bill, you AND your partner are representing the country... it's not that difficult to understand!

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    It's very embarrassing for a doctor, for Leo and his party.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,991 ✭✭✭RoTelly

    What is the point of having a discussion board if you can be outraged :)

    They are correct as far as his private life is concern but he seems to bring some of that to the fore in relation to his public life and public commitments.

    It is a half heart excuse and yes I am not a huge fan of the monarch or Britain or Varadkar but they should be respectful towards one another.


    Just one more thing .... when did they return that car


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,720 ✭✭✭✭MisterAnarchy

    Varadkar is just a horrible liability, another week another gaffe.

    You might accept these gaffes if he were anyway capable as a politician but he isnt, he isnt fit to run a corner shop.

    An arrogant, incompetent, talentless, publicity seeking man.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,822 ✭✭✭Northernlily

    Am embarrassment to the country. Varadkar is constantly bringing his role whether it is as Taoiseach or Tanaiste into disrepute. You would have thought he would have communicated the diplomatic sensitivities and expectations to his partner prior to the event.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,392 ✭✭✭Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    The impression l get off both varadkar and his partner Matt is that they’re a right pair of sneering, jeering twats, the posts made by Matt at the coronation confirm to me that Matt is a sneer who doesn’t know his place. They were representing the country, even though he is just varadkars partner , it looks bad , he/they no idea of how to behave…do they sneer at us plebs in the same way l wonder???……I’d say so

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,970 ✭✭✭EchoIndia

    Were they sitting side-by-side at the coronation, or separately, does anyone know?

  • Registered Users Posts: 86,392 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,753 ✭✭✭✭nacho libre

    I have always got the impression Leo is a bit smug and too good for the little people. Perhaps I am doing him a disservice but that's the way he comes across.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,662 ✭✭✭Feisar

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,860 ✭✭✭✭_Kaiser_

    It never ceases to amaze me how people are surprised whenever things like this happen. You'd think that he hadn't been a senior politician who is always in the media at every opportunity for over a decade now.

    Leo is all about Leo. Whatever he thinks will serve him best he'll do/say. It has nothing to do with such trivialities as the office, the country and certainly not the little people. It's all about his profile and his ambitions.

    But then we didn't want a competent politician as Taoiseach. Even the FG membership didn't want him as Taoiseach. We wanted someone that we could make the poster child for how far we've come. This is what happens when identity and spin is put before suitability.

    When McEntee becomes FG leader and maybe even Taoiseach herself at some point (it'll probably happen!) we'll all read about how groundbreaking it is in our history and how great it is to have such a great example for the world. But, just as Leo before her, don't look too far into their achievements or statements before that day or you may be disappointed!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,950 ✭✭✭.Donegal.

    I’m sure Charles can empathise. When he told Camilla he wanted to be reincarnated as her tampon he didn’t expect it make the papers either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    Varadkar does seem to make some people cringe.

    But the whiff of pretentious outrage from his many online dissenters is very apparent from some of the malign rhetoric he is generating here?

    In another breadth most of them would be looking to throw mud at the coronation.

    That is cringe.

    What happened or was said anyways ? like really? All I have just read is a pile of shight, am I wasting my time contributing to this thread, what exactly happened that has the Irish population seemingly squirming in disgust?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,232 ✭✭✭TooTired123

    If you’d have asked me before hand to nominate the current world political leader/crowned head/dictator /dignitary/whatever at any huge televised event like this most likely to let him/herself down in a purile way, I’d have instantly said Varadker.

    Eveyone else there (quite a big crowd) managed to attend it without incident.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    He’s a less entertaining more unlikeable version of Boris Johnson. Both he and his fella come across as the type of people who talk s**t to waiting staff and retail assistants.

  • Registered Users Posts: 575 ✭✭✭maik3n

    I completely missed this myself but apparently Matt was doing a private instagram live thing, during the coronation with a group of friends and made some off colour jokes. He has since apologised.

    The usual anti-Leo crowd are using it as a stick to beat Leo with and want Matt cancelled for it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    It is a private Instagram group?

    You gives a flying phuck? Really?

    What exactly did he say that has anything to do with Leo Varadkar?

    What actually DID he say? does anyone know?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,571 ✭✭✭StevenToast

    Theres an arrogance and smugness about Varadker.

    Its extremely off putting when it comes to voting for his party, even though the alternative is just as nauseating...

    Normal people dont get into politics....

    "Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining." - Fletcher

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,858 ✭✭✭growleaves

    What do you mean cancelled?

    Are there people trying to interfere with his employment?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 313 ✭✭Grassy Knoll

    for two educated, professionals who it could be argued should know better, they have let themselves and Ireland down. This is yet another clanger from Varadkar. I might personally agree with the comments and that some of the ceremony was ridiculous, but were I a guest I would keep my views to myself. Even an uneducated, low class oaf such as I would know that. The question is at what point Varadkar becomes a political liability….