I’m always intrigued as to how you might go about ordering the most influential people in a country from 1 – 100, but that’s what the Village Magazine has done by convening a committee of the great (Denis Hickie) and the good. Several things are worthy of note. Not least how far down the greasy poll comes the leader of the largest party in the Opposition: Enda comes in at 90!, two below Simon Cowell, and 60 behind Rupert Murdoch!!! (A touch of prejudicial bias coming in there lads, since you’ve put him 28 places below the editor of Village magazine!!!) And of all the influencers in Ireland, just two come from Northern Ireland (though the Village assigns in the international member for West Belfast at 69 to somewhere ‘other’ than ‘here’) make it to the top 100. And the First Minister only makes it by the skin of his teeth at 100.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty