Leo Varadkar’s comments on gender based abuse in the workplace cheapen the office on An Taoiseach – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Responding to comments from An Taoiseach today, in which he criticised the behaviour of Sinn Féin TDs in the Dáil, the party’s Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald said;

“This is a typically scripted attack from Leo Varadkar’s spin machine.  Political pot shots on an issue as serious as gender based abuse in the workplace cheapen the office of An Taoiseach.

“Women across the political spectrum will take no lectures from a Taoiseach that has failed to even support the women in his own party. Let’s not forget just one in five of the Ministers and Ministers of State appointed by Leo Varadkar are women.

“These are very serious issues and it is disgraceful that the Taoiseach would view such matters through the prism of political advantage.

“This is not the first time that the Taoiseach has sought to play to his gallery when matters of significance are raised with him.  It happens day and daily.  Women inside and outside the Dáil deserve more from the head of Government.”