Minister Simon Harris has defended the Tániste over his attendance at a music festival in England.
Leo Varadkar was in London ahead of a trade mission and was pictured attending the Mighty Hoopla festival.
Members of the live entertainment industry have criticised the Tanaiste over his attendance, as the sector here remained closed until today.
Ex-Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell described it as 'tone deaf'.
Speaking on this morning’s Joe Finnegan Show ahead of a visit to Cavan Institute, the Minister For Further and Higher Education said “we’re in a stage of the pandemic where it is perfectly appropriate for people to travel”: