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During lockdown the Irish leader has come under increasing pressure, not least as a result of his latest humbling in the polls which saw him lose complete power in Ireland. However, Mr Varadkar now faces further calls to remove himself from office as he continues his “insensitive quest” to include lines from Hollywood blockbusters in his speeches. Mr Varadkar was first spotted using a quote from iconic fantasy saga Lord of the Rings while announcing the easing of some lockdown measures in Ireland earlier this month.
He concluded his address by saying: “So, this afternoon let me end with words of hope, ‘In the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it’ll shine out the clearer.’
“Thanks to your hard work, your choices, and your perseverance, that new day is approaching.”
The quote in question comes from the Peter Jackson-directed second instalment of the series called ‘Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’.
In the scenes, the character Samwise says: “How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?
“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.”
Yet, this wouldn’t be the last time Mr Varadkar would include a film quote in his speech, as last week he used a line from ‘Mean Girls’ in another address.
To make matters worse, it soon emerged that he had actually done it for a bet after being asked to include the line by Sean Austin, who portrayed Samwise in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
And Mr Varadkar’s decision to make reference to the films was condemned, with many on Twitter claiming it was now time for him to leave politics.
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One wrote: “Leo Varadkar needs to find a new speechwriter. Mean Girls, Lord of the Rings. Bore off You t***.”
Another said: “Quoting Winston Churchill, Terminator, Lord of the Rings, and now some chick-flick. Are you off your rocker?
“Stop stealing other people’s lines. It’s annoying and insensitive to the creative industry. Not to mention it makes you look like a fool. Now resign.”
While a third added: “This is grim from Leo Varadkar.
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“He’s been inserting quotations from “Seámus Heaney, Dermot Kennedy, Lord of The Rings and even The Terminator like it’s a game.”
Mr Varadkar has been the caretaker Taoiseach since the beginning of February and since then a deal has been struck between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party in the Republic of Ireland, forming a new coalition government.
Now, Fianna Fáil’s leader, Michael Martin, is set to serve as Ireland’s next Taoiseach until December 2022.
A historic draft programme for Government, agreed by Mr Martin, the current Irish premier and Fine Gael leader Mr Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, is set to lay out terms that will see the Taoiseach role rotate.
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