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Global Irish Economic Forum to focus on opportunities for job creation - Tánaiste

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today launched the programme for the Global Irish Economic Forum which will be held at Dublin Castle on October 4 and 5.

The new-look 2013 Forum was devised following an extensive consultation process with members of the Global Irish Network and its Advisory Board.  The Network is composed of more than 300 of the most influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals in almost 40 countries who provide the Government and Irish businesses with invaluable advice and expertise.

The structure of this year’s event is designed to facilitate a focused discussion on topics that were selected based on their potential to support the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

Launching the re-vamped programme at an event for Irish and US financial services technology companies in New York today, the Tánaiste said:

“Next week, 260 leading Irish and Irish-connected figures from across the globe will come together in Dublin to play their part in building on Ireland’s recovery. This year’s Forum will be very much focussed on opportunities for job creation.

“Over the two days, 18 working groups and six panel discussions will focus on opportunities for Ireland in high-potential sectors including financial services, food and agri-tech, higher education, smart-ageing technologies, social innovation and the digitisation of the global economy.”

The Forum is organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For the first time, the 2013 Forum also includes an event for 100 Irish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who will benefit from mentoring sessions with leading business people attending the Forum.

Regional events bringing together members of the Global Irish Network, local businesses and educational institutions will also be held in Galway, Cork and Belfast.

The last Global Irish Economic Forum held in 2011 lead to the launch of The Gathering – the largest ever tourism initiative organised by the State – and the creation of the Global Irish Contacts Programme, which links leading business figures abroad with Irish companies seeking to break into new markets and boost exports. Connect Ireland which aims to create 5,000 jobs in the next five years by harnessing Irish networks globally is also a product of the Global Irish Economic Forum.

The Tánaiste added:

“The Global Irish Economic Forum is a success story.  Since the first one was held in 2009, it has helped to transform the way the Government does business with leading international figures who are connected to Ireland.

“As in previous years, the members of the Global Irish Network will travel here on their own time and at their own expense.   I would like to thanks them for sharing their knowledge, expertise and experience to help Ireland and Irish companies grow and prosper.”

Global Irish Network  members attending this year’s Forum include: Irial Finan, Executive Vice President, The Coca Cola Company; Sean O’Driscoll, Chairman and CEO of the Glen Dimplex Group; Dara O’Briain, Comedian & TV Presenter; Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of  The American Ireland Fund and author, Colum McCann.

·        The programme for the Global Irish Economic Forum is available here: and the list of confirmed participants is available here: