“I didn’t realise there was a problem" - Varadkar on LCD Soundsytem squabble

Band member Al Doyle branded Leo Varadkar a "tosser" after meeting him at their gig in Dublin

“I didn’t realise there was a problem" - Varadkar on LCD Soundsytem squabble

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media in Blanchardstown, Dublin. 02-10-2017. Image: Leah Farrell / RollingNews

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: 

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.”

LCD Soundsystem singer James Murphy at the Paredes de Coura Festival in Portugal, 18-08-2017. Image: Global Media Group/SIPA USA/PA Images

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.