Global Irish Forum opens at Dublin Castle
The Global Irish Economic Forum has opened in Dublin Castle this morning.
The focus of the third meeting of the two-day conference is job creation, and around 500 members of the forum from 40 countries will meet Ireland-based business and political leaders to discuss policy ideas on job growth.
Arriving at Dublin Castle earlier today, the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said that while the first forum in 2009 was "a cry for help at the beginning of the economic crisis", that this year's event is "about looking at the plan for post-recession Ireland".
The delegates, including government ministers, business people from at home and abroad, academics and representatives of State agencies, will sign off on a series of policy ideas that have been worked on during the two years since the last forum in 2011.
"The plan is to harness the ideas of the Global Irish Forum to help us in developing policy ideas and develop new initiatives for job creation," said Mr Gilmore.
He added that for the first time the forum will be a networking platform also; over 100 SMEs are due to attend the conference tomorrow.
Among the delegates speaking at Dublin Castle today are Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, Basil Geoghegan, managing director of Citi Group, London, award-winning author Colum McCann and Loretta Brennan, chairman of the American Ireland Fund.