Howlin condemns jingoistic UK Sun editorial

Issued 18 November 2017

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD has described a jingoistic editorial in the UK Sun newspaper condemning Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as ‘ignorant, bullying and ageist’.

Deputy Howlin said:

"The editorial tells Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to ‘shut his gob’ as Ireland presses the UK for concrete and real solutions to the border issue, referring to him as a 'Brexit buffoon'.

The UK Sun is entitled to put its point of view. But the tone of this editorial is deliberately offensive and will contribute nothing to resolving the issues our countries face.

"It reverts to the bad old days when the UK thought it could tell Ireland what to do, a view no longer held by the vast majority of the British people.

"This is an example of what those who support the European Union have been facing in the UK for decades.

"The Taoiseach is representing the interests of Irish citizens and indeed many UK citizens living in Northern Ireland. He is not just entitled to do so, he is obliged to do so.

"And while he continues to do so he will have the support of all the Irish people."