'People say I'm insensitive - but Matt tells me that it's just the doctor in me' - Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been working on his empathy.Create an account "I understand that," he added. However, he said his partner, Dr Matthew Barrett, believes the accusations that he lacks empathy are unfair. "I was actually talking to Matt, my partner, about that the other night and he said, 'like that is so wrong and that's so unfair'," Mr Varadkar said. "Every evening when I'm home I'm talking about all the problems of the day and the struggles to get on top of those difficult issues like homelessness and overcrowding." The Taoiseach said Mr Barrett also told him:"You really do care but you know it's the doctor in you. You want to get in there quickly and, you know, fix the problems, stem the blood." Good to meet you: Leo Varadkar is all smiles as he and partner Matt Barrett join villagers in Varad He also accepts he does not take criticism very well and can be overly defensive when questioned about human tragedies. "I think anyone when they're being criticised or when they're being attacked they're going to be a little bit defensive sometimes so I think that's probably a fair criticism. "I hate to hear people dismiss facts and figures and statistics as if they don't matter. The core behind truth is facts and figures and statistics," he added. He dismissed suggestions that he was seeking a presidential style General Election campaign which would focus on just him and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. "I'm very happy to go toe-to-toe with Micheál Martin like I did last week and will again next week, but actually a lot of our campaign, a lot of our messages is that Fine Gael has as a team, really strong team," he said. Since taking office he has learned you need a good team to"cover for you". "I mean cover for you in a good way. Not cover up for you," he added. As for his potential next Cabinet, the Taoiseach said the only nailed on positions are that of his Brexit negotiating team, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. He said after that everything is to play for. "I would want that team to remain in place, and you'll see what Prime Minister Johnson did in the UK, he kept his cabinet in place until they had actually left (the EU) and now he's going to refresh his cabinet in February," he said. "I have a similar view that we should keep the same Brexit team in place until we get the trade deal, which has to be done by the end of this year," he said. He would not give any commitment on Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Health Minister Simon Harris who have both faced criticism for their handling of their department. However, he said:"Eoghan Murphy and Simon Harris are in good standing, and they've had really tough briefs. "What really disappoints me is the extent to which some people who don't have much solutions or new ideas when it comes to health and housing they try to cover that up by targeting those two guys personally. I think that's kind of nasty," he added. He expanded on his offer to form a grand coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil if no other government could be formed after the election while also claiming Mr Martin"didn't know basic facts about the Brexit withdrawal agreement". "If we end up in a situation whereby Fine Gael can't do that and Fianna Fáil can't do that and both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have ruled out Sinn Féin, the only way to avoid a second election is for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to come together in some way, and I'd be willing to talk to Fianna Fáil about that," he said. Mr Varadkar said Mr Martin's rejection of his offer was a"little bit arrogant and a little bit irresponsible". "What Fianna Fáil are saying is 'we're not going to touch Fine Gael, even though we've spent two-and-a-half years negotiating budgets with them and supporting us through confidence and supply'," he said. "So essentially, he's saying that if you don't give Fianna Fáil enough seats to form a government with the smaller centre-left parties, 'I'm going to go off in a huff and refuse to take part in the government', and that's not a very responsible or mature position in my view," he added. Separately, he said he did not want to make right to die legislation an election issue but said people should be allowed make a"living will" so medical professionals could fulfil their wishes in the final days. "People who are dying, particularly those who get hospice care, they get a really dignified pain-free death but there are others who have every operation, investigation, you name it, under the sun done in their last couple of days or last couple of weeks in life and that's not always for the best," he said. He said advanced healthcare directive legislation which allows people set out their wishes has been enacted but has not been commenced. Irish Independent Read more: Independent.ie
Is it 15,000 homeless now? Is Matt a doctor ? Awe lovely Leo , when he tell you that when playing doctors and nurses was it 🙄 Oh Matron! Don’t think so. Stop trying to be relatable. You relate to landlords and West Brits. Go away Empathy for others is a must in any healthcare capacity, all his is self centered.
Empathy well that's in that bubble he is in with him along with common sense understanding caring honesty he has none of them So much for the ‘noble profession’........ An aloof doctor, Worked hard for his degree due respect, Got his Qualifications etc, But Absolutely no idea about Working class Ireland..
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Think it should be the doctor in him or He’s admitting he lacks empathy and puts it down to being a doctor.🙄how is that a good trait in a doctor? LeoVaradkar, you’ve had plenty of time to show the most vulnerable in society you care. Time for you to go. Not a good doctor, by all accounts. aahh Bit too much info there 😭
Met him on a work visit ..just plain arrogant and rude and that was before he became Taoiseach. It is just a lack of empathy and very limited horizons of understanding. Lack of bedside manner, in medicine and politics. fail musttryharder finegaelout
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You'd want to be pretty insensitive to run a country especially with all the extreme left gobshites like the people in this thread. Get me a bucket 🤑 No. You’re just an insensitive as*hole. Period. Sounds like Matt was just looking for the ride. And what about the doctor in Matt!! Ooooohhh matron..... Empathy is not something you should have to work on, especially being a qualified doctor, and as a so called leader of a nation. You either have it, or in Leo’s case don’t. sociopath
So he's insensitive as a doctor too? The one person when you might need a bit of kindness or tact from. Well isn't that just lovely to know. I'm sure IMO_IRL will be over the moon with that assessment of their members “Leave me alone. My boyfriend said so!” 🤢 Well tell the doctor to get outta ya, Matt wants his turn.
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Cringe - aren't medics meant to be part of the 'caring profession'?🙄
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