One Twitter user said: “Absolutely bizarre – @LeoVaradkar in a public park today breaching basic social distancing rules. Imagine if this was Boris or Trump! Havin’ the craic with no top on, in the midst of a pandemic?!”
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Another person said: “He’s telling all of us to stay at home!!! My mother hasn’t hugged my son in 9 weeks but he can play with his buddies????”
A third person said: “If this pandemic was as serious as Leo was making it out to be he wouldn’t be topless, and laughing in the Phoenix park. It’s a total joke.”
Other users have claimed that Mr Varadkar should be entitled to enjoy his day off and has not broken any rules.
One person said: “Group of 4 in an outdoor setting? – Permitted. Not social-distancing with someone you live with? – Permitted.
“I’m no Leo Varadkar apologist, but you have not clearly stated what went on and why it was flouting the rules.”