Ireland: Leo Varadkar confirms he will attend Belfast Pride breakfast

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed he will attend a Pride breakfast event in Belfast on Saturday morning after meeting Northern Ireland party leaders on Friday.

Asked if he would attend the Pride parade and if he was conscious of sensitivities with the DUP, which is opposed to equal marriage, Mr Varadkar said he would not be making any compromises for anyone.

“I won’t be able to attend the parade because I want to get back to Croke Park for the match,” he said, referring to the senior football quarter-final between Dublin and Monaghan.

“But I will attend the Pride breakfast on Saturday morning in Belfast to express my support for equality before the law for Catholics, Protestants, non-religious people, men, women, gay people and straight people. And I won’t be making any compromises about that for anyone really.”

Mr Varadkar said the main reason he was going to Belfast on Friday was to meet with leaders of the Northern parties. Read more via Irish Times