‘I’d question what’s going through his head’ — Mary Coughlan slams Varadkar’s festival appearance
Irish singer Mary Coughlan has described Leo Varadkar’s attendance at a London music festival as ‘pure stupid’ as the Irish music industry here suffers on.
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However, many entertainment venues across the country will be forced to hold off on reopening until events can be held at 100% capacity in order to break even.
Over the weekend, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar was spotted at London’s Mighty Hoopla festival on the same weekend that Ireland’s biggest festival, Electric Picnic, was originally scheduled to go ahead.
While the Tanaiste was on ‘private time’ when he attended the festival, his appearance has been described as ‘tone-deaf’ while the industry suffers on in Ireland.
‘He did meet us at the very last minute last week — after a whole year and a half of it — for the first time ever, and then he made the announcement that “I’d like to see Electric Picnic go ahead with all of the other stuff” and it just seemed like he didn’t have a clue, you know? ‘I’d question what’s going through his head.’
She went on to say that being photographed in London for the weekend while ‘everyone’s holding their Electric Picnic tickets and wondering what to do with them’ was, indeed, ‘tone-deaf.’
Mary said: ‘It’s pure stupid. I mean, really, they don’t have an understanding of what it’s been like. It’s like people are always saying “one thing for them and another thing for us.” We still only have a 60% capacity, which most venues won’t open at.’
The singer concluded: ‘It’s just going to take forever for us to get back on our feet, and they are on their feet big time in London. I’ve had gigs there, I had to do a concert there and it was wonderful.
‘It’s in very, very poor taste. And he is entitled to go to a gig if he wants to, but they should have put more thought and effort into organising the same events here, outdoors and safely.’