Leo Varadkar has been forced to apologise for remarks he made at an event for Irish interns serving in the US capital under the Washington Ireland program.
According to RTE, Varadkare was speaking about the time he spent as an intern in Washington in 2000 when he noted that this was a time “when some parents would have had cause for concern about what would happen to interns in Washington.”
It was taken in the context of then-President Bill Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
His office later issued a statement saying the Taoiseach had “made an ill-judged off-the-cuff remark which he regrets. He apologises for any offence caused to anyone concerned,” reports RTE.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Varadkar was in the White House with US President Joe Biden to present the traditional bowl of shamrocks.
Biden also came in for criticism over remarks he made about the Irish according to the New York Post who spoke at the Friends of Ireland luncheon at the Capitol where he talked about how is Irish relatives “actually weren’t in jail” and how he was the “only Irishman you ever met, though, that’s never had a drink, so I’m OK. I’m really not Irish.”
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