Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologises for ‘ill-judged’ joke

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has apologised for an ‘ill-judged’ joke made at a Washington Ireland Program event held on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day.

He went off script to reminisce about worked for Republican Congressman Jack Quinn as a 21 year old intern during the summer when he was a third year student at Trinity College Dublin

He said it was during Bill Clinton’s presidency “when some parents would have had cause for concern about what would happen to interns in Washington”.

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach later said: “At the Washington Ireland Program event today the Taoiseach was reminiscing about his time in Washington DC as an intern 23 years ago. He made an ill-judged off-the-cuff remark which he regrets. He apologises for any offence caused to anyone concerned.”

Earlier in the day the Taoiseach addressed an event celebrating “Women at the Helm” in politics attended by former first lady Hillary Clinton.