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Gilmore named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers

1 December 2015

Statement by Joe Costello
Spokesperson for Urban Regeneration

Dublin Central Labour TD and former Minister for Trade and Development in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Joe Costello, has welcomed Foreign Policy magazine naming Eamon Gilmore as one of the Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015.

Deputy Costello commented: “I would like to congratulate Eamon Gilmore on being selected by Foreign Policy as one of its Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. From my time serving as a Junior Minister in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade when Eamon Gilmore was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, I can attest to his strong internationalist outlook and his commitment to advancing peace and justice across the world. Despite the deep recession in Ireland, as Leader of the Labour Party, Eamon was determined to maintain Ireland's high level of contribution to tackling hunger and disease in the poorest regions of the world.

"Eamon Gilmore has been a passionate and tireless campaigner for LGBT rights both at home and overseas. He played a key role in making marriage equality a reality in Ireland by ensuring a referendum was put to the people on granting every citizen the right to marry.

“The inclusion of Eamon Gilmore as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2015 is a fitting endorsement of the role Eamon has played and will continue to play at an international level.”