Politicians condemn 'homophobic' protest at Varadkar's home

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Politicians Condemn 'Homophobic' Protest At Varadkar's Home
Gardaí were alerted to a demonstration at the home of the Tánaiste and his partner at lunchtime on Sunday. Photo: PA Wire/PA Images
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Politicians have condemned a “homophobic” protest that took place at the home of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at the weekend.

Gardaí were alerted and attended the demonstration which took place at around lunchtime on Sunday at the home Mr Varadkar shares with his partner, Dr Matt Barrett.

Videos posted to social media show around 25 protesters gathered, some with placards bearing anti-vaccine messages, and another in which homophobic insults can be heard.

The incident has been widely condemned by Government Ministers and politicians across the spectrum.

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Minister for Further Education Simon Harris said on Twitter: “Sickening, repulsive, disgusting behaviour outside the home of @LeoVaradkar and Matt.

“It has no place in a democracy, must be condemned by all & called out for what it is. Efforts to dehumanise politicians contributes to this. Vile on so many levels.”

Minister for Special Education Josepha Madigan said: “It’s not OK for the mob to appear at home of @LeoVaradkar shouting invective vitriol!

“Call this out as unacceptable! Those who flippantly attack here on social media & mainstream media might reflect on their words.

“This is the consequence! Let’s not take democracy for granted!”

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the incident as “outrageous and shameful”.

She tweeted: “The homophobic, bigoted intimidation witnessed at the home of Leo Varadkar today is outrageous and shameful. The perpetrators must be held to account.”

Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon said: “What occurred outside Leo Varadkar’s house today was nothing short of vile.

“Blatant homophobia has no place in our Republic and should be confronted wherever it occurs.”

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In a statement, Gardaí said: “Gardaí were alerted to a number of protesters outside a residence in Dublin 8 this afternoon Sunday September 19 2021 at approximately 1pm.

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“Gardaí attended and the protest ended without incident.”

A spokesperson for Mr Varadkar has been contacted for comment.

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