Ógra Fianna Fáil called on Leo Varadkar to resign and accused him of “rude double standard” on Merriongate.
Fianna Fáil base members are furious at Mr. Varadkar’s presence at the infamous Merrion Hotel garden party for 50 VIP guests last month.
And this has now manifested itself in a demand from the party’s official youth wing, Ógra, for Taoiseach Micheál Martin to dismiss Fine Gael and Tánaiste leader Mr Varadkar.
Le Taoiseach said he was pleased with Mr Varadkar’s presence at the concert hosted by the former independent minister, Katherine Zappone, to say goodbye to his friends.
Ms Zappone now lives in New York and was forced to turn down the offer of the Irish government‘s special envoy to the UN after accusations her appointment was not flawless.
This was made worse by news of the garden party she hosted in the five-star Merrion for 50 guests at a time when the hospitality industry was told by Fáilte Ireland that six was the maximum allowed for an event.
Mr Varadkar apologized last week, but many at Fianna Fáil are still not happy with him.
Ógra Fianna Fáil has officially come out to express her displeasure.
A spokesperson for Fianna Fáil’s youth division said: “Mr Varadkar has undermined his own authority in public health matters, but has also undermined his fellow ministers by association.
“Last year Mr. Varadkar was particularly outspoken about the alleged irregularity of fellow politicians breaking guidelines in Clifden, County Galway.
“Why is such a crass double standard allowed in cases where Mr. Varadkar has a personal interest?”
“Ógra Fianna Fáil cannot reconcile Mr Varadkar’s negligence with the very important role he occupies in government.
“Tánaiste’s actions have undermined the integrity of our institutions at a time when trust in public health advice is a matter of life and death.
“The way it has chosen to address concerns risks marking this government as a government where the state works to serve a particular individual, rather than the public good.
“It undermines confidence in the government and distracts attention from the good work our Fianna Fáil ministers are doing in their own portfolios.
“We have taken the time to assess the impact of recent events and we cannot in good conscience sit idly by as Mr. Varadkar woos controversy, and believe it would be a mistake for a man with this kind temperament be named Taoiseach in December 2022.
“In order to serve the country well and regain the trust that has been lost, Mr. Varadkar must be held accountable for his role in the damage done to the government.
“It is only through proper responsibility that we can regain that trust, and it is on this basis that we call on Leo Varadkar to step down.”
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