Fine Gael leader, Leo Varadkar, has been criticised by Fianna Fáil for making political comments at an IDA event today.

Mr Varadkar presented an award to the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, to mark 40 years of the tech giant's presence in Ireland.

Mr Varadkar was at the event in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in his capacity as Taoiseach.

Speaking at the event, he said his opponents "say they will tear up the contract" for the National Broadband Plan. "First of all, don't believe them. They're not going to do that. Second of all, they're not going to get in anyway, so it's not going to matter..."

The Fianna Fáil leader said it was "inappropriate and wrong" of Mr Varadkar to make what he said were political comments at an IDA organised event.

Micheál Martin said events organised by Government and State Agencies should not be used as a platform to attack political opponents.

Mr Martin said Mr Varadkar "has form on this".

"He almost thinks Government and State Agencies and Fine Gael are one and the same, they are not". 

He said using such an event "as a platform to attack his political opponents is just simply wrong".

Fine Gael's Jerry Buttimer described Mr Martin's comments as a "bizarre attack" on his party's leader.

"It's disappointing too that the Fianna Fáil leader would try and make a political football out of this and try to drag Apple CEO Tim Cook into a manufactured controversy," he said.