Taoiseach hits back at Micheál Martin over Brexit claims

Taoiseach hits back at Micheál Martin over Brexit claims
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photo: James Connolly

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has hit back at Micheál Martin’s claims he is being “childish” and is deliberately “goading” Britain over Brexit by accusing his rival of doing nothing other than “finger-wagging” on the issue.

In a number of interviews after the Fianna Fáil ard fhéis, Mr Martin criticised Mr Varadkar for his headline-grabbing attitude to Brexit.

Noting his high-profile comments on the diplomatic stand-off, Mr Martin said Mr Varadkar was being “childish” and “immature” and that his remarks are having the effect of “goading” hard-line Brexiteers who Ireland need to calm down.

Mr Martin said: “I don’t get what he was [doing], sort of saying that America will back us over Britain. That kind of language to me is unnecessary and inappropriate right now.

“The Taoiseach, instead of talking about us and talking about goading the British parliament, he should focus on the job at hand in terms of health, housing, broadband, digital safety regulator - that’s what he should be talking about. Not this kind of childish stuff,” Mr Martin said.

Reacting to the comments, Mr Varadkar said: “That’s politics and that’s Michéal Martin. He’s always either wagging the finger or sniping from the sidelines.”

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