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6 November 2017

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Varadkar cheapens Office of Taoiseach by ‘disgraceful’ sex abuse jibes, says Mary Lou McDonald

● Leo Varadkar playing to his gallery – again

‘This is not the first time that the Taoiseach has sought to play to his gallery when matters of significance are raised with him’

THE Office of An Taoiseach has been cheapened by Leo Varadkar using serious sex abuse scandals to try and score political points against the Sinn Féin and Left opposition in the Dáil, Mary Lou McDonald TD has said.

After an interview with Varadkar on Monday, 3NewsIreland Political Correspondent Gavan Reilly, tweeted:

“Interesting swipe from Varadkar when I asked if he believes Leinster House is a safe working environment . . .”

Gavin Reilly then added the clipping below quoting Leo Varadkar.

LV swipe at SF on sex abuse cases

Mary Lou McDonald at Leinster House

Mary Lou McDonald TD at the Dáil

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said in response to the Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader:

“This is a typically scripted attack from Leo Varadkar’s spin machine.

“Political pot-shots on an issue as serious as gender-based abuse in the workplace cheapen the office of An Taoiseach.

“These are very serious issues and it is disgraceful that the Taoiseach would view such matters through the prism of political advantage.”

She added:

“This is not the first time that the Taoiseach has sought to play to his gallery when matters of significance are raised with him. It happens day and daily. 

“Women inside and outside the Dáil deserve more from the head of Government.”

The Sinn Féin deputy leader also pointed out:

“Women across the political spectrum will take no lectures from a Taoiseach that has failed to even support the women in his own party.

“Let’s not forget just one in five of the ministers and ministers of state appointed by Leo Varadkar are women.”

(Below) Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet

LV Cabinet

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