London festival

Tánaiste partner says London festival was a “violation” of Varadkar’s privacy

Leo Varadkar’s partner Matt Barrett criticized the Tánaiste’s photograph at a music festival in London, saying it showed some people were “celebrating” the violation of other people’s privacy.

Mr Varadkar has been criticized online after a photo of him, taken without his knowledge, at the Mighty Hoopla festival in London was widely shared on social media last Saturday.

The photo was taken just days after the Tánaiste himself attended a meeting with members of the entertainment and music industry in Ireland who had been pushing for similar events to be allowed here.

At the meeting, Mr Varadkar said Britain was “not a role model” when it comes to reopening.

Mr Varadkar was criticized for attending the London event by numerous players in the entertainment industry who pointed out that it was the same weekend that the canceled electric picnic would have taken place.

In a letter published in Irish weather On Saturday, Mr Barrett said: “The idea that the right to privacy is a right that depends on the attitudes, sensitivities and prejudices of others” is “both ridiculous and dangerous”.

Mr Barrett wrote: “The individual who photographed the Tánaiste has no right to violate this [right to privacy] simply because she believed it was justified and consistent with her own beliefs about what constitutes appropriate behavior. “

“I find it particularly revealing that she deliberately chose a particularly uninspiring image, for the sole purpose of humiliation.

If people continue to disguise cyberbullying as some kind of perverted public service, how can we hope to attract young people, women and minorities into public service?

“This episode demonstrates that not only is privacy and dignity not expected, but people will celebrate their violation,” Barrett wrote.

Last week, the Taoiseach said Mr. Varadkar was “entitled” to his private time and that what he chose to do with it “was up to him”.

The Hoople Festival saw 25,000 people come to Brockwell Park in London, all with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.