TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar admitted during the Leaders’ debate last night that he used to take illegal drugs but that it was “a long time ago”.
The Fine Gael leader took part in a head-on-head election clash with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin on Virgin Media One where the pair discussed issues including – health, housing, pensions, crime and drugs.
During the discussion on drugs, host Pat Kenny asked the pair: “An honest answer, have you ever taken illegal drugs in any shape or form?”
Mr Martin immediately replied saying: “No, I never have.”
Host Kenny then turned to the Taoiseach and said “Leo Varadkar”.
To which he replied: “You know I answered that in a Hot Press interview about 12 or 13 years ago and I answered it truthfully.”
Mr Varadkar then paused for about four or five seconds before Martin interrupted saying: “Which is?”
Mr Kenny then reiterated Martin’s question to Varadkar, adding: “The answer [is] that you did?”
The Taoiseach then replied: “Yes, obviously it was a long time ago.”
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In the Hot Press interview from May 2010, Varadkar admitted he smoked cannabis in college.
However, when asked if he had ever experimented with ecstasy or any other illegal drugs as a teen he replied: “Not since I’ve held elected office, anyway.
“I’ve been extremely law-abiding since I’ve been elected to politics.”