OUR QUESTIONS TO THE CONCERT-LOVING TAOISEACH
THESE are the questions that the Irish Mail on Sunday asked An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about this week’s controversial trip to the 3Arena to see Kylie Minogue. 1. Can you give us the receipt for the drinks you bought? ANSWERED: Didn’t have receipt, card purchase, so record exists. 2. Why did you keep the receipt? ANSWERED. (See above) 3. Where were the drinks purchased? NOT ANSWERED: Still not clear where drinks were purchased. 4. You have around your neck two passes. One is a pass to the 1878 club at the 3Arena. Do you have a membership of the 3arena 1878 club? If so, did you pay for it? ANSWERED: Not a member. Were you in possession of this pass solely for this occasion? NOT ANSWERED. If so, did you pay for the pass, or was it complimentary? NOT ANSWERED. 5. Did you, or any of your party, buy any drinks in the 1878 club? NOT ANSWERED. If so, do you have a copy of that receipt? NOT ANSWERED. 6. There is another private members club at the 3arena, the Premium club. Do you have a membership of that club, and if so, did you pay for it, or is it complimentary? ANSWERED: Not a member. 7. The second pass around your neck – the one that is on a black string, and appears to be around your partner Matt’s neck also – is a backstage pass for the concert. How did you come to be in possession of these two passes? Did you pay for them? NOT ANSWERED. 8. Who brought the Facebook post to your attention – or did you see it yourself? Did the Government Information Service bring this post to your attention? PART ANSWERED: He consulted with staff. 9. Whose decision was it to respond to the post? Did you take PR advice on this? PART ANSWERED: He consulted with staff. 10. Have you ever been given complimentary tickets/passes to music gigs while Taoiseach? If so, what gigs, and by whom? And how many complimentary tickets/passes were you given for each? NOT ANSWERED. 11. Did you get complimentary tickets/passes to LCD Soundsystem? If so, how many of your party were using complimentary tickets/passes? NOT ANSWERED. 12. Did you get complimentary tickets/passes to Nick Cave? If so, how many of your party were using complimentary tickets/passes? NOT ANSWERED. 13. After a run-in at the LCD Soundsystem over the Eighth Amendment, band member Nancy Whang tweeted: ‘Hope you enjoyed your free concert and taco.’ You didn’t respond to this tweet. Did you have a complimentary taco? NOT ANSWERED. Did you get your tickets/pass free? NOT ANSWERED. If so, how many of your party were using complimentary tickets/passes? NOT ANSWERED. 14. When is the last Irish gig that you attended, for which you paid entry? ANSWERED: Taoiseach insisted he paid for entry to Kylie Minogue concert.