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Irish student fails to recognise country’s PM, makes him wait for restaurant table

Emma Kelly did not recognise Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Taoiseach when he came to the Chicago restaurant she was waitressing in.

world Updated: Aug 16, 2017 19:01 IST
Irish prime minister,Leo Varadkar,Taoiseach
Irish prime minister or Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, did not raise a fuss when an irish student failed to recognise him. (AP)

It’s the kind of story 20-year-old Irish Emma Kelly can tell around the dinner table for years. The time she failed to recognise her country’s prime minister and made him wait 20 minutes for a table at a restaurant.

Kelly, a student from Dublin who’s working as a waitress in Chicago on a visa, did not recognise Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s ‘Taoiseach’, or prime minister. She first asked Varadkar if he was Irish and then asked his friend and him to wait at the bar before leading them to a ‘tiny table’ at the restaurant.

Kelly realised her mistake when her friend pointed out that it was Varadkar, who is of Indian origin, sitting in the restaurant and took to Twitter to narrate the entire embarrassing story.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio later, Kelly said she had not expected to see an Irish politician at the restaurant. She said that she was “very embarassed” and had apologised to the Taoiseach before moving his party to a bigger table.

For his part, the half-Indian half-Irish Varadkar, Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister, did not raise a fuss at all. “He was like, ‘no, it’s kind of nice to feel like a normal person again’,” Kelly told RTÉ Radio.

Varadkar had a gracious response to Kelly’s tweet.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 14:42 IST