Leo Varadkar named in Time's 100 World's Most Influential People list

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2018

Varadkar, who become the youngest ever Taoiseach when he replaced Enda Kenny in 2017, is included in the "Leaders" section.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

The taoiseach is listed alongside President Trump of the US, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, Sean Hannity, the Fox News broadcaster, and Meghan Markle, the fiancée of Prince Harry.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett walk in the St Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York City oN patrick's Day in 2018.

The magazine says its list is not merely a measure of power but is "a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now".

Focusing on the Taoiseach's modernity, the foreword, written by Irish journalist Philip Ryan, co-author of Leo: A Very Modern Taoiseach, Time Magazine describes Mr Varadkar as the "opnely gay son of an Indian immigrant".

Leo Varadkar is joined on the list by US President Donald Trump. Pic REUTERS
Leo Varadkar is joined on the list by US President Donald Trump. Pic REUTERS

"Varadkar is now at the centre of European Union negotiations on Brexit, which could have a devastating impact on Ireland's peace and prosperity".

Ryan's entry depicts Varadkar as a symbol of how much Ireland has changed over the past 25 years.

It said that when Ireland decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, "the Catholic Church still had a firm grip on the state's affairs".

'The openly gay son of an Indian immigrant, Varadkar chose to come out publicly in the run-up to the world's first marriage-equality referendum. "Today the once anti-abortion politician is campaigning to significantly liberalise the country's abortion laws", reads the entry.

"He also faces a major housing and homelessness crisis". Some of those include comedian Tiffany Haddish, actress Nicole Kidman, singer Jennifer Lopez and actress Anne Hathaway.

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