Friday 16 November 2018

Leo the influencer in the land of the little people

Some successful Irish people can get their heads turned when they hit the international stage

CIRCUS: Leo Varadkar has called for a Republic Day to commemorate the ending of British rule. Photo: Sam Boal
CIRCUS: Leo Varadkar has called for a Republic Day to commemorate the ending of British rule. Photo: Sam Boal
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

You imagine Leo will be pleased to be in Time magazine's list of the 100 most-influential people. Time may not be the force it once was, and most of us never read it, but we still pay attention to it once every year or two when they make Enda their man of the year or they include Leo in a list along with other influencers like Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Donald Trump and Oprah.

In Time's estimation, we are told, Leo is a man whose time is now, whose work will define the course of history in years to come.

Successful Irish people often tend to look abroad for validation. They often feel misunderstood in this bitter, begrudging little backwater. They see themselves as big picture people, internationalists. They have a broader vision than those of us who are stuck on this little island, with our parochial views and our parochial lives.

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