Taoiseach facing criticism over plans to attend Belfast festival linked to republican movement

Taoiseach facing criticism over plans to attend Belfast festival linked to republican movement
Leo Varadkar.

The Taoiseach is facing criticism as he prepares to attend a Belfast festival which some link to the republican movement.

Leo Varadkar is in the North for a visit today, where he will launch the programme for Féile an Phobail in west Belfast.

It includes a talk by the leaders of 'The Great Escape' - when IRA prisoners broke out of Long Kesh.

Austin Stack, whose father was murdered by the IRA, has criticised the move - while DUP leader Arlene Foster says she is "very concerned" at the message the Taoiseach is sending by attending.

Leo Varadkar says it is a community festival which he is happy to attend.

As part of the trip, he will also visit the Museum of Orange Heritage.

- Digital Desk

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