Irish MMA star Conor McGregor has slated Tánaiste Leo Varadkar following the Fine Gael leader’s appearance on CNN, calling him a “poisonous individual” and a “blithering fool.”
The comments were made yesterday on Twitter to McGregor’s 9 million followers, and was in response to a clip of Varadkar saying that the 5% of unvaccinated people in Ireland “are causing a lot of the trouble.”
“Poisonous individual! Buffoon. Get this blithering fool off my screen. Show pony phony”, wrote McGregor.
“For Leo to come out today on foreign soil, and directly blame the non-vaccinated, is the most divisive comment I’ve seen yet.
“It is neither the vaccinated, nor the non-vaccinated, nor any Irish citizen for that matter, that is responsible for this unpreparedness. It is the government!”
Earlier in the week, McGregor posted a since-deleted tweet thread slamming the government’s handling of Covid after Micheál Martin’s national address.
“We are almost 3 years into this,” the UFC star wrote.
“We have come together time and time again! Gone above and beyond what has been asked of us! Yet all we have gotten back is hypocritical address after hypocritical address! The audacity! I am ashamed of my nation’s government at this time.”
“There is just no backing from me here anymore. We will rise! Tonight’s address read like an advert to me. When Ireland stands, the world will know.”
On CNN the Tánaiste said that “even the 5% [who are unvaccinated] can cause a lot of difficulty,” citing high numbers of unjabbed people in ICU.
“It’s also very evident that immunity from the vaccines is waning, and we can see that now happening across Europe. And that’s why we’re going to have to give people a third dose.”