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Taoiseach breaks from canvassing to singalong with busker

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took a break from canvassing voters to provide backing vocals to a busker on the streets of his native Limerick.

The Fine Gael leader has spent the past few days moving from city to city trying to generate support ahead of the upcoming European and local elections.

Taoiseach breaks from canvassing to singalong with busker

He stopped to listen to 21-year-old busker James McKelvey.

Mr Vardakar was encouraged to “give us a few bars” by members of the audience, and after a bit of persuasion, he decided to join in the sing song.

McKelvey was performing the iconic Cranberries hit Zombie, and Varadkar stood behind him and joined in.

The Taoiseach then congratulated James on his talent, telling him: “You’re really good, and I don’t do bulls**t!”

The video has been posted online and has been well received across social media.

McKelvey, who is from Co Offaly, said: “He’s a very nice guy. It was amazing, absolutely amazing. I wasn’t expecting that. It was brilliant.”

Mr Varadkar spoke confidently about the upcoming elections, saying Fine Gael were “getting a much better response than they we had five years ago” on the doorsteps.

He added: “I’m confident that we will hold our four seats in the European Parliament, and maybe challenge from some gains, and I think we’ll have gains at Council level as well.”

The Taoiseach also remembered to leave a few coins in McKelvey’s guitar case to boost his takings for the day.

Although the talented musician will no doubt be doing alright for himself if this performance is anything to go by.

Take a look at the video below.

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