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DUP MP criticised for referring to Leo Varadkar 'gaily' introducing new rules on beer

By Gareth Cross

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has been criticised after referring to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as 'gaily' introducing new legislation for beer labelling in the Republic of Ireland.

Alliance leader Naomi Long was among the people to criticise Mr Wilson for the comments he made on Twitter relating to Mr Varadkar who is gay.

Mr Wilson claimed the new regulations will hit the sale of craft beers made on this side of the border.

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is currently before the Dail for debate and would introduce changes such as minimum pricing and health warnings on labels.

"Ironically, whilst jumping up and down about regulatory alignment, Varadkar gaily introduces regulations for beer labelling that make the ROI different from NI," Mr Wilson wrote.

"I have asked the (British) Gov to lodge a complaint with the (European Union) over the this blatant (Irish) Gov trade restriction.

Responding to the comments East Belfast MLA Naomi Long said ""Gaily"? I seriously despair of people at times. Really wish people would grow up."

The Belfast Telegraph has approached the DUP for a response.

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