Irish lead Catholic power list in Britain

Irish lead Catholic power list in Britain

DERMOT O’Leary, Danny Boyle and Carey Mulligan are among the Irish names which feature on a newly-published Catholic power list.

The Television presenter, film director and actor are joined by the likes of footballer Wayne Rooney and WAG Coleen, Scottish historian Sir Tom Devine and pop sensation Sam Smith, who is the youngest name in the Top 100 list.

Compiled by The Tablet – a weekly journal for the Catholic community in Britain - the religious power list cites Irish Canadian Mark Carney – Governor of the Bank of England – as the most influential Catholic in the country.

The list, which has been created to mark The Tablet’s 175-year anniversary, was compiled on the grounds of “influence and standing in British society, covers laity only and refers to Catholics currently living in this country, rather than those born here”, the publication confirms today.

Catherine Pepinster, Editor of The Tablet, explained: “The Tablet’s Top 100 lay people of 2015 reflects the enormous contribution of Catholics to this country and beyond, in leadership positions in every sector from banking to the arts to sport and to running major charities.”

Where the Irish placed:

1 Mark Carney – Governor of the Bank of England

3 Robert Hannigan – Director of GCHQ

14 Sir Peter Sutherland – Chairman of Goldman Sachs International

20 Sir Peter Fahy – Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police

52 Eamon Duffy – Historian

57 Jon Cruddas – Labour MP

63 Danny Boyle - Film director

78 Declan Donnelly – Television presenter

80 Dermot O’Leary – Television presenter

81 Frances O’Grady – General Secretary TUC

86 Carey Mulligan – Actress


The Top Ten:

1 Mark Carney – Governor of the Bank of England

2 Sir Michael Winshaw – Chief Inspector of Schools

3 Robert Hannigan – Director of GCHQ

4 Dame Helen Ghosh – Director-General of the National Trust

5 Dame Colette Bowe – Chairman of the Banking Standards Board

6 Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow – Founder of Mary’s Meals

7 Sir Tom Devine – Scottish Historian

8 Paul Polman – CEO of Unilever

9 Francis Campbell – Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham

10 John Studzinski – Financier and Philanthropist