By Michael Clifford
Briefly, in the last 24 hours, it looked as if some intrepid politics watchers may have collared their very own Dominic Cummings, as photographs circulated of the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hanging out with some mates in the Phoenix Park, possibly breaching prevailing public health rules.
There were four males present, just within the limit for social gatherings under the current phase of emergence from the lockdown.
Three of them, including the Taoiseach, were 'topless'. This is within the laws of decency, as none of the men bore any sign of corpulence or rolls of excess fat that could have assaulted the notion of decency.
The Taoiseach appeared to be drinking from a can of beer. Despite the alcohol and the muscle on display, there was no sign of trouble. In any event, Gardaí were reported to be in the vicinity, just in case anything got of hand.
However, the location of this assembly was the Wellington Monument in the south of the park. This is 8km from Mr Varadkar’s Castleknock home, a full 3km beyond the allowable distance in the current phase. Gotcha!
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