I thought she was Avril Lavigne but unfortunately she wasn’t’ – Gardaí investigating as woman throws smoothie on Tánaiste Leo Varadkar
Laura Lynott, Robin Schiller and Gabija Gataveckaite
September 18 2020 05:46 PM
A video has circulated online of a woman throwing a smoothie at Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in Merrion Square, Dublin.
The woman, who is wearing a mask, approaches a camera crew Mr Varadkar is talking to, before walking up to the Tánaiste and throwing the smoothie over him.
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Gardaí at Pearse Street garda station launched an assault investigation into the incident, which took place in Merrion Square Park in September of last year.
Sources have confirmed the woman responsible was eventually located by gardaí and provided a voluntary statement.
Detectives later submitted a file on the case to the DPP. Gardaí sought a Section 2 assault charge, which is at the lowest end of the scale in terms of assault. The suspect could also have faced criminal damage charges for damaging the Tánaiste’s suit.
However, the DPP has recently informed investigators that the woman should not face any criminal charges, well-placed sources confirm. The investigation into the matter is now closed.
Mr Varadkar had left Government Buildings to film a video about the new Covid restrictions in the nearby Merrion Square Park when the incident happened.
A video of the incident was later viewed tens of thousands of times after being uploaded online.
Asked about the incident in its aftermath, Mr Varadkar said: “When I saw her coming towards me I actually thought she was Avril Lavigne at first because she had the skateboard and everything, but unfortunately it wasn’t.”
Gardaí also took witness statements from the film crew.
It is understood it took gardaí “several months” to locate the Dublin woman responsible.