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'I thought it was Avril Lavigne with the skateboard' - Leo laughs off park drink assault

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The woman runs from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar after throwing her smoothie over him

The woman runs from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar after throwing her smoothie over him

The woman runs from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar after throwing her smoothie over him

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has revealed he got on with his work after a smoothie was thrown over him yesterday.

A video circulated online of a woman throwing a smoothie at him in Dublin's Merrion Square. The woman, who was wearing a mask, approached a camera crew Mr Varadkar was talking to, before walking up to the Tánaiste and throwing the smoothie over him.

Mr Varadkar looked shocked while the woman, who was carrying a skateboard, ran off. Gardaí are investigating the incident which happened at around 3pm yesterday.

No arrests have yet been made and gardaí are attempting to identify the woman involved.

A spokesman confirmed gardaí were investigating an incident that occurred in Merrion Square. Sources said the incident is being treated as an assault and is under investigation by officers based at Pearse Street Garda Station.

Mr Varadkar commented on the it at yesterday's press conference on the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

"I was in Merrion Square earlier on just filming a video to explain to people about some of the decisions that were made today," he said. "I saw someone coming towards me, I thought she was Avril Lavigne because of the skateboard and everything but unfortunately it wasn't.

"She also had a smoothie with ended up all the way down my face and halfway down my suit but look, I had a spare suit and just got on with the day's work.

"I haven't spoken with gardaí but I think they will want to speak to me this week."