Band member Al Doyle branded Leo Varadkar a "tosser" after meeting him at their gig in Dublin
The Taoiseach has insisted he does not have any dispute with electronic music superstars LCD Soundsystem.
Leo Varadkar’s comments come after one of the band’s members called him a “tosser” over his views on abortion.
Mr Varadkar attended one of the band’s sold-out shows in the Olympia theatre in Dublin on Friday alongside a number of other ministers.
He was invited backstage to meet the band after the gig – and on Saturday morning he awoke to a tweet from guitarist Al Doyle:
Irish PM Leo Varadkar came backstage. Wore a "repeal" tote bag around my neck in front of him; he walked away. Tosser.— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 29, 2017
Mr Varadkar also came in for criticism from band member Nancy Whang who labelled him a “liar” following the backstage meeting.
Speaking this morning, the Taoiseach gave his side of the story:
“From my recollection, it was an ordinary, relatively pleasant, engagement [during] which one or two members of the band wanted to raise their views on abortion,” he said.
“I certainly had no difficulty with that; nobody with me had any difficulty with that.
“I didn’t realise there was a problem until the next day but there you go.”
He said he has no memory of walking away from Doyle while he was wearing a ‘Repeal’ tote bag.
“I actually don’t have a recollection of that to be honest - but I can imagine if you saw somebody walking towards you with a ‘Repeal’ tote bag around their neck, it mightn’t be the first thing that you consider doing would be walking over.
"So I am not sure I walked away.”
Al Doyle has since apologised for distracting from the Repeal the 8th March that happened in Dublin on Saturday.
As a further aside: the last thing I wanted to do was detract from the march today that, like an idiot, I'm only now finding out about.— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017
I'm glad there's a referendum happening; of course I am. And I'd hate to distract from the real debate in any way.— al doyle (@aldoyletweets) September 30, 2017