Varadkar's Pence meeting sparks flurry of online coverage

Ireland’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, was in the USA last week to reaffirm the longstanding shared history between the two countries. Whilst in Washington, Leo and his partner, Matt Barrett, met with Vice-President Mike Pence, who has a history of anti-LGBTQ views. Varadkar delivered a thought provoking speech and called out against discrimination.

Using our Live Search data, which looks back at 12 months of historical online news articles, we can see how the online media reacted to this moment. The meeting took place on Thursday 14th March and between then and Saturday 16th March there were almost 500 articles posted online across USA, UK and Europe about the meeting.

Thursday was by far the busiest day with 293 articles posted. In comparison, Varadkar caused a bit of backlash when he led a St Patrick’s Day march in Chicago alongside Conor McGregor. But this only sparked 56 articles from Sunday 17th to Monday 20th March.

Looking at the top 5 sources for number of articles, online news portal One News Page tops the list with 9 articles. In second was local daily newspaper Dothan Eagle, in Alabama, covering the story with 6 articles over the 3 days. AOL UK and Yahoo! Also appear in the top 5 sources showing the story was big in the UK as well as the US.

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