Leo Varadkar resigned last week but will remain on as caretaker leader, tasked with the challenge securing a government involving his Fine Gael party after their shock Irish election result. Fine Gael, who polled third in the Irish election, will enter coalition talks with their rivals Fianna Fail, who secured the most seats but still lost the public vote to Sinn Fein.
Mr Varadkar has been accused of bitterness after lashing out at Sinn Fein’s plans to hold nationwide rallies as a form of “intimidation and bullying”.
Sinn Fein’s Teachta Dála (Irish MP) Pearse Doherty has now sent a warning to Mr Varadkar, saying his “hysterical rants” would not deter his party from taking to the streets if Fine Gael and Fianna Fail continue to lock them out of coalition talks.
He said: “I think the hysterics from Leo and Micheal Martin [Fianna Fail leader] are nothing but that, it’s hysterics. It’s the god-honest truth.
Leo Varadkar has been accused of a 'hysterical rant' (Image: GETTY )
“I’ve heard some of his comments about intimidation and bullying – these are public meetings. This is elected representatives going out to meet people who voted for us and indeed people who didn’t vote for us.
“We’re opening up for questions and letting people know exactly what’s happening and that’s the difference between ourselves and other political parties.
“When the election is over, we just don’t close the doors of government buildings and leave it to them.
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“We want to continue to engage and let people know what we’re doing and no amount of hysterics from Leo Varadkar or Micheal Martin will stop us talking to ordinary people the length and breadth of the country.”
Mr Varadkar and Mr Martin are set to meet this week for what they have described as exploratory talks.
Mr Martin, whose party won 38 seats, has begun seeking