Five people were injured in the incident near the Irish-medium primary school Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, with a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s remaining in hospital with serious injuries and a five-year-old girl receiving emergency care at a children’s hospital.
A six-year-old girl is being treated for less serious injuries, while a six-year-old boy has been discharged.
After a cryptocurrency account shared a screenshot of a news article in which Varadkar is quoted as saying his government will “modernise our laws against incitement to hatred and hatred in general”, Musk waded in to criticise the politician.
Varadkar had commented on the violence, which involved far-right elements, to say those who took part in the riots “brought shame on Dublin, brought shame on Ireland and brought shame on their families and themselves”.
He added: “These criminals did not do what they did because they love Ireland. They did not do what they did because they wanted to protect Irish people. They did not do it out of any sense of patriotism, however warped.
“They did so because they’re filled with hate, they love violence, they love chaos and they love causing pain to others.”
Musk, however, responded to the Irish PM’s plans to update Ireland’s incitement to hatred legislation by claiming that “ironically, the Irish PM hates the Irish people”.
@dogeofficialceo Ironically, the Irish PM hates the Irish people
And the inflammatory remark has seen Varadkar – of the Fine Gael party - defended by his political opponents, with Sinn Féin health spokesperson David Cullinane responding to simply say “no he doesn’t”.
No he doesn\u2019t.
Labour’s education and justice spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin took a blunt approach in his response, branding Musk “another gobs****”.
Others also waded in on Twitter/X to slam Musk’s intervention:
Ironically Elon Musk has a platform that facilitates people to spread hate and misinformation about Ireland.
Time and time again I've seen this platform being used by the far right to push lies and incite hatred in Ireland. And it built to a tipping point last night of these haters setting our city ablaze.\n\nI think Musk needs a long hard look at himself in the mirror.
A guy who knows nothing about Ireland wades into a v sensitive situation.
Was there ever a more ignorant pigshit-thick dangerous total spanner
Fucking ridiculous statement. Every single party leader in the Dail is loyal without question to Ireland. Including the ones I\u2019d never vote for.