On RTÉ Radio One.
Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, was asked by presenter Philip Boucher Hayes if Katherine Zappone’s party at the Merrion Hotel, attended by Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, violated covid guidelines.
Philip Boucher Hayes: “Would you, on the 21st of July, have said ‘yes’ to an event that was being sought for 50 people outdoors that wasn’t non-social meeting, training or educational programme essential to the operation of a business. Would you have said yes to that?”
Adrian Cummins: “Well a critical question here is was there food and beverage at the event. And I don’t know because I wasn’t at it. So I suppose, a cup of tea or sparkling water or a sandwich or whatever was offered at that event, then to my opinion, it doesn’t matter where it is on the island of Republic of Ireland, that is an outdoor hospitality event. And I think that’s where we have to…get all the facts on the table. What was the event? There must be a function sheet. And exactly how many people attended and was there food and beverage offered at the event?”
Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy, a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), at Leinster House this afternoon
Leo Varadkar attending a private bash for an ex-Minister at an exclusive hotel just days before her appointment with no due process to a made-up position paid for by taxpayers is cronyism at its worst. #Accountability@mattcarthy pic.twitter.com/YRCDNKazwX
— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) August 4, 2021