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"Having a Regina in the Cabinet helps" - Leo has delivered his official verdict on Mean Girls

By James Fenton

June 20, 2020 at 4:28pm

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Leo Varadkar addressed the nation with some pretty important info last night but as is often the case, much of the debate afterwards has centred on his latest pop culture reference.

Having quoted movies like Terminator and Lord Of The Rings in recent weeks, yesterday it was the turn of Mean Girls to be crowbarred into one of Leo's speeches. During his address on the further easing of lockdown restrictions, Varadkar said "the limit does not exist," which was a line delivered by Lindsay Lohan in the cult 2004 movie.

Many will be unaware that the reason Leo chose Mean Girls was because he was dared to do so by actor Sean Astin, who's work in Lord Of The Rings was previously quoted by the outgoing Taoiseach. Astin challenged Varadkar to a €50 wager when appearing on the 2fm Breakfast earlier this month and Leo being Leo, he decided to go with it.

After Astin's challenge, Varadkar claimed that he had never seen the movie but he told journalists last night that he has since corrected that. He said that he watched Mean Girls for the first time the other week and it was "really good." He added that "having a Regina in the Cabinet helps," evidently referring to Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty.

Not quite as iconic as Regina George it has to be said. Any guesses as to what Leo's next reference will be? Answers on a postcard.

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