Varadkar must not let Hungary visit be an endorsement of Orban regime
4th January 2018
Will Taoiseach meet with civil society and opposition groups?
The Green Party said today that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must stand up for human rights and the rule of law during his controversial trip to Hungary, and avoid the visit being used to endorse the right-wing government of Prime Minister Victor Orban.
Speaking today, Green Party Justice Spokesperson, Councillor Roderic O’Gorman, criticised the trip, and called for the Taoiseach to visit with civil society and opposition groups in Hungary, to avoid appearing to endorse Orban’s regime.
He said: “Leo Varadkar is one of few European leaders to visit Hungary in recent years. Orban has pursued an anti-immigrant, an anti-EU agenda, and he has attempted to erode the independence of the judiciary. The EU is taking action against his government for these moves. The Taoiseach must not be seen to endorse Orban’s government or their actions during his trip.
“With this in mind, we’re calling on the Taoiseach to meet with civil society and opposition groups during his visit. It is normal for the Taoiseach to do so during overseas visits. He must stand up for human rights and the rule of law, and not implicitly endorse the actions of Orban’s government.”