CURRENT Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has issued a statement in which he stresses that he was ‘too busy to attend’ the recent G20 world leaders summit, even if he had been invited, which he wasn’t, but that’s ok, because he wouldn’t have been able to go anyways.
The leaders of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, USA and the presidents form the EU council and EU commission met in Hamburg last week for the annual ‘Group Of Twenty’ event, discussing key issues from around the globe over the two day event, which Leo Varadkar didn’t really want to go to, so it’s just as well he wasn’t asked.
Varadkar, Ireland’s first openly gay Taoiseach™, stressed that while yes, it was annoying that Indonesia gets to go to the G20 but not Ireland and yes, he was a bit annoyed that Trudeau couldn’t “swing him an invite’, the fact remains that he had way too much to do at home before he could even think about going to some silly festival or whatever the G20 is.
“D’you know, I forgot it was even on” said Varadkar, hastily throwing a ‘Things To Do In Hamburg’ pamphlet in the bin.
“Yeah, all those world leaders together on one big stage, the eyes of the world on them… not really my scene. I just had way too much on at the minute to even go, so I was like really hoping that I wouldn’t get an invite, cos then I’d have had to say no, sorry lads, not free that day. So yeah, that would have been awkward, so I’m delighted with how it all worked out”.
Varadkar went on to stress that he won’t be available for next years summit either, unless there’s a vacancy, in which case he could maybe show up if they really, really needed him.