Saturday 23 September 2017

Varadkar the fourth Taoiseach to feature on cover of 'Time' magazine

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the front of ‘Time’ magazine
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the front of ‘Time’ magazine

Darragh Small

Leo Varadkar has joined Seán Lemass, Éamon de Valera and Enda Kenny in featuring on the front cover of 'Time' magazine.

Last night, the Taoiseach said appearing on the cover of the European edition was a vital part of growing Ireland's positive image on the world stage. "Doing international media is important because it does give us an opportunity to speak to a global audience, to speak to people who read magazines and newspapers all over the world," said Mr Varadkar at a screening at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh.

"To tell them a little bit more about Ireland and more about the Government's vision for Ireland, which is as an island that's at the centre of the world, not on the edge."

In the 'Time' interview, the new Taoiseach says he is opposed to many of US President Donald Trump's policies, but wants Ireland to be a good friend.

Mr Varadkar also states that he is "very much opposed" to a united Ireland referendum, as he feels it would be defeated.

In relation to Brexit, the Fine Gael leader says: "We would prefer if it wasn't happening. We still hope that at some point Britain will change its mind."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the reception for the Irish premiere of ‘Pilgrimage’ with actor John Lynch at the Galway Film Fleadh. Photos: Andrew Downes
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the reception for the Irish premiere of ‘Pilgrimage’ with actor John Lynch at the Galway Film Fleadh. Photos: Andrew Downes

Irish Independent

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