WATCH: There has been a strong reaction to Leo Varadkar's Christmas message
It has been an eventful week for the Taoiseach.
Just a few days after President Michael D. Higgins gave his Christmas message asking that the people of Ireland help and support those that are vulnerable in our society, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has released his own festive missive with a similar sentiment.
However, some viewers have pointed out that the cost of producing this specific video could have gone towards supporting those in financial need instead.
Varadkar has had a very eventful few days due to a heated Dáil exchange with Pearse Doherty in the Dáil last week.
In his Christmas message, the Taoiseach has the following to say:
"This is a very special time of year, a chance to spend time with your loved ones and reflect on what is most important in life.
"While the country is in a good place with more people at work than ever before in our history and our living standards are rising, [we] know that many people are still struggling this Christmas.
"We think especially of the homeless and those living in emergency accommodation."
Check out his Christmas message in full right here:
Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh! pic.twitter.com/8KYd2R1Ash
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) December 23, 2018
Perhaps inevitably, there was a very strong reaction to Varadkar's message online:
How MANY dinners could that ad have bought for homeless people.?
— Mark. (@deirbhilesdaddy) December 23, 2018
Save money on P.R Leo. And put it to good use in some other way for those less fortunate.
— Redzer -Pure Cork Feen! (@redzercork) December 23, 2018
“A very special time of year”. When healthcare workers are expected to keep the creaking system going and not take any leave to spend it with their loved ones. Thanks @campaignforleo
— Aislinn Sherwin (@aislinn_sherwin) December 23, 2018
Did you ever hear so much insincere crap in all your https://t.co/VB3sT29Fue couldn't care less about the elderley or the homeless the emergency services or the health staff.The one thing i'm looking forward to is you finding a job that you can actually do, maybe a circus clown.
— Karl White (@KarlWhi17391210) December 23, 2018
Country is not in a good place.more homeless on 5he street and its only gona get worse and the health care crises is over the red line and people being evicted from their homes.the whole world knows Ireland is in a bad place right now
— 🍀Sandy C🍀 (@SandyClarke9) December 23, 2018