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On Friday night, LCD Soundsystem played a sold out show at Dublin's Olympia theatre, and while fans were treated to a spectacular performance, it was the events backstage that really got everyone talking.

After the show, the band's guitarist, Al Doyle, took to Twitter to reveal how he got on when he met, Leo Varadkar.

Spoiler alert – it didn't go very well.

Al explained how he wore a 'Repeal' tote bag around his neck upon being introduced to the Taoiseach – a protest which was ultimately ignored.

However, Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Leo insists he has “no problem at all” with the Al's tweet.

“We were invited backstage to meet the band which was a real privilege.”

“One or two of the band members wanted to share their view with me on the Eighth Amendment.”

“I had no problem at all with that,” he added.

Al has since taken to Twitter to apologise for his actions, though he remained vocal about his support of the Repeal campaign.

Well said, Al! 


Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has urged Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to liberalise Ireland's restrictive abortion laws.

The leaders met in Montreal yesterday to discuss a range of issues including human rights, and the controversial Eight Amendment.

“On the issue of reproductive rights, I shared our perspective that such rights are integral to women’s rights and they are human rights and I asked him to look at it as a fundamental human right and we had a good discussion,” he said. 

Mr Trudeau's advice comes after the hashtag #JustinformLeo went viral this weekend, as Irish women took to Twitter to ask the Canadian leader to discuss the issue of Ireland's abortion ban during the visit.

Following a successful meeting, the two leaders marched in the Montreal Pride parade yesterday afternoon.

Leo will now travel to Toronto where he is due to discuss growing trade, tourism, and investment between Ireland and Canada.


Leo Varadkar will kick off his three-day visit to Canada with a bilateral meeting before marching alongside Justin Trudeau in today's Montreal Pride parade.

The Taoiseach is then expected to travel to Toronto where he will discuss CETA and trade agreements between Ireland and Canada.

Ahead of the visit, supporters of the Repeal the Eight campaign started a viral hashtag #justinformleo, calling on the Canadian Prime Minister to approach the issue of Ireland's abortion ban, and educate Leo on the progressive Canadian system.

Ailbhe Smyth from the Coalition to Repeal the 8th said: "I would really like to see someone like Leo Varadkar would have an understanding that it is not enough to come out in favour of one aspect of human rights while completely ignoring another."

Leo is also expected to meet with business and tourism leaders and attend a reception with the Irish community in the city.


It's been reported that Leo Varadkar has begun preparations to formally invite Prince William and Kate Middleton to Ireland.

Officials say the trip would herald the next generation in Anglo-Irish relations and the Taoiseach has asked the Irish embassy in London to examine the logistics.

According to the Irish Examiner, Leo Varadkar spoke to Dan Mulhall, the Irish ambassador in London about the potential visit during his recent trip to London.

While no official invite has been issued, the Government want to ensure the couple receive a warm welcome on Irish soil.

However, the proposed visit could come at a difficult time as Britain prepares to negotiate its exit from the European Union.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already visited a number of EU capitals this year, prompting rumours that the couple are being seen as unofficial Brexit ambassadors.

Should the invitation get issued, it is hoped the visit would mirror the success of Queen Elizabeth II's trip in 2011.

Prince William has publicly spoke about the delight his grandmother felt after her visit, so it only makes sense that he would graciously accept any offer that came his way.

Although nothing has been confirmed, we're looking forward to welcoming the Duke and Duchess.



New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will have his first official phone call with US President Donald Trump today.

The call is set to come in around 4pm today.

This will be Varadkar's first official phone call with the US President since taking over the reins from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. 

The call comes as the POTUS has been given the green light to introduce his travel ban.

According to CNN, the US Supreme Court is 'allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States."'

The ban has been reinstated until autumn. 



A petition is currently spreading across social media in the wake of the publication of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, which revealed that a 14-year-old child was sectioned in a psychiatric unit for seeking an abortion. 

The child and her mother believed they were being transferred to Dublin for a termination before realising that she was being admitted to a mental health unit.

Her psychiatrist told her abortion was 'not the solution' to her problems, despite the child feeling suicidal due to her pregnancy. 

The petition, which began circulating yesterday evening, has garnered 8,051 of 9,000 necessary signatures. 

'A young pregnant girl was incarcerated under the Mental Health Act because she wanted an abortion,' reads the petition description.  

'The Government needs to guarantee that nothing like this can ever again happen.'

'Our laws are like living in the dark ages when it comes to abortion and I want to think that my own young daughter will have the choice and option to make her own decisions over her own body- not some psychiatrist who knows nothing about her but has a pro-life agenda of his/her own,' reads one of the powerful comments on the petition.

'The criminalisation of women just for having wombs in this country is absolutely vile, and this case concerning a GIRL is vulgar, it's primitive, it's despicable, it's disgusting.'

'I can't contain my rage,' said another.

'Looking at the report, it’s hard not to think that the psychiatrist in this case essentially used the Mental Health Act as a tool to force a child into continuing an unwanted pregnancy because of their own personal beliefs" said Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson Linda Kavanagh.

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