Homelessness or health – apparently neither as Varadkar claims hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup is a ‘national priority’ – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Homelessness or health – apparently neither as Varadkar claims hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup is a ‘national priority’




The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will surely come in for some criticism over the coming days as his choice of words during a press launch of the 2023 Rugby World Cup bid, raised a few eyebrows amongst the Irish people.

Mr Varadkar who recently appeared in London at the launch of Ireland’s bid to host the tournament in six years time, could potentially face a backlash of criticism after he amazingly said that Ireland’s ambitions to host the prestigious tournament was ‘national priority’ for everyone involved.

Although the vast majority of the Irish public would like to see the tournament held on Irish soil for the first time ever, many may feel that Mr Varadkar’s comments were tasteless and over the top given the current homelessness and health crisis in Ireland at the moment.

The Taoiseach’s comments which will surely have many questioning the Government’s priorities come after he and fellow Government Minister Shane Ross joined former Ireland stars Brian O’Driscoll and Dick Spring, as well as IRFU chief Philp Browne in London to officially launch Ireland’s bid to host the tournament which could potentially generate millions of Euro in revenue.

Ireland are currently in a three way battle to host the tournament, with France and South Africa also bidding for the right to host rugby’s premier competition.

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