Irish Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar had a TV spot ruined when a skateboard-toting woman approached and chucked what looked like a cup of coffee in his face, before fleeing the scene.
In footage that circulated on social media on Friday, Varadkar could be seen recording a piece to camera in Dublin’s Merrion Square. A woman spoke briefly to the TV crew, approached Varadkar, and then threw what appeared to be a cup of coffee or tea into his face, drenching the Tanaiste’s crisp suit.
As a startled Varadkar shook off the liquid, the masked miscreant fled on foot.
So some absolute idiot decided it would be okay to throw a cup of coffee over Leo Varadkar and run away!! No matter what your political opinions are this is not okay!! I am totally embarrassed for you, whoever you are… Mortified actually!! pic.twitter.com/laeJkLENEw
— KatieAmakk (@katie_makk) September 18, 2020
Varadkar served as Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) until June, stepping into the number two role after his party, Fine Gael, formed a coalition government with Fianna Fail and the Green Party following a tight election in February. Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin replaced Varadkar as Taoiseach after the parties agreed a rotating-leadership system.
The Fine Gael leader left office a popular leader, enjoying an approval rating of 75 percent in June. However, Varadkar’s alliance with Martin was a sticking point for many supporters, and Fianna Fail has since cratered in popularity, scoring only 10 percent approval in a recent poll.
The motive behind Friday’s beverage ambush is unknown. Varadkar himself joked in a press conference that he “thought it was Avril Lavigne at first when I saw this girl approaching with a skateboard and a smoothie.” The Tanaiste added that he would speak to police next week, but doesn’t believe that he needs a security detail.
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