There's an unwritten rule here in Ireland. If you're ever in a situation where you don't really know what to say, throw in a Father Ted quote.
That's what Leo Varadkar did when he was asked about the Kildare v Mayo GAA scandal which has been dominating the headlines this week. The controversy on where the match will be played this Saturday has sparked plenty of conversation on the motivations of the GAA and the interests of the supporters and when the Taoiseach and Finance Minister Paschal Donoghue were accosted by Newstalk's Sean Defoe on the subject, the pair were quick to laugh it off.
However, Leo did spot an opportunity to throw in the old "that would be an ecumenical matter" line and as any right-thinking Father Ted fan would do, he went with it.
Check out Leo's gag in the video below.
Asked Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe (both former Ministers for Sport) how they’d solve the Kildare/GAA stand-off.
“That would be an ecumenical matter” #Newbridgeornothing pic.twitter.com/fndJfQeAim
— Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) June 27, 2018
Gas stuff. In a new development to the story, RTÉ is now reporting that the Kildare v Mayo match will take place in Newbridge at 7pm on Saturday, putting an end to the whole scandal.