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    Second Global Irish Economic Forum: Dublin Castle, 7-8 October, 2011

    By Noreen Bowden | May 7, 2011

    I’m a little late on this, but I wanted to note that Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has announced the second Global Irish Economic Forum. It will be held on 7-8 October, 2011.

    I’ll post up some more thoughts on this later, but in the meantime, here’s the press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs, issued 3 May:

    The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, T.D., announced today that the Government will host a second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle on 7-8 October, 2011. The Tánaiste decided to proceed with holding the Forum this year given the important contribution it can make towards building Ireland’s reputation among the international Irish business community.

    The primary purposes of the 2011 Forum will be to:

    • Engage fully with the Irish Diaspora in developing Ireland’s global business and trade relations;
    • Discuss face-to-face the Government’s  priorities for economic renewal with key members of the international business community;
    • Strengthen ties with the Irish Diaspora as a key part of the Government’s efforts to restore Ireland’s international reputation abroad.

    Speaking after today’s Government meeting during which the initiative was approved, Mr Gilmore said:

    “The Government recognises the valuable role the global Irish can play in Ireland’s economic recovery.  This Forum will provide an opportunity for us to meet with key members of the Diaspora and to discuss our priorities for economic renewal, job creation and the restoration of Ireland’s reputation abroad.?

    Invitations will issue shortly to members of the Global Irish Network, which was established after the first Global Irish Economic Forum held at Farmleigh House in September, 2009.  The Network now consists of over 300 of the most influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals abroad, all of whom have demonstrated a strong affiliation with Ireland and have a record of high achievement in international business or in assisting in the promotion of Ireland.

    In addition to the Network members, a small number of senior Irish based individuals from the business and cultural worlds will be invited.  The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Cabinet Ministers and senior representatives from Government Departments and State Agencies will also attend.

    Referring to the important role played by the Global Irish Network, the Tánaiste noted:

    “Based across 37 countries, Network members provide Ireland with an invaluable resource of international expertise from which we can draw as we work towards economic recovery.  In the year since its inception, members have worked closely with the Government and State Agencies in promoting Ireland’s economic, cultural and tourism messages in key markets.  The Network is an important partner in our ongoing efforts to restore our international reputation?.
    “This Forum will be the first time the entire Network has come together and the Taoiseach and I are looking forward to welcoming them all to Dublin for a frank and intensive exchange of ideas?.

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