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Saturday 25 February 2017

Chamber chief bites hand that feeds at annual dinner

WHO said Allied Irish is short of cash? The recently nationalised bank sponsored a sit-down dinner for 1,300 people at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce's annual shindig at the Convention Centre in Dublin last night.

Chamber president Peter Brennan used the opportunity to almost literally bite the hand that fed him by calling on government ministers to allow the country's senior public servants to play a bigger role in running the country.

He also complained about the "implementation deficit disorder", which he said was prevalent in many parts of the public sector.

"Dr [Ken] Whitaker as secretary of the Department of Finance was the architect of the Irish policy of economic development," he told the assembled guests.

"Once again, Ireland needs stronger and more visible leadership from our senior public servants to turn policy intentions into real action."

Warming to his theme, he also criticised the Government's tendency to publish reports and sit on its hands.

"Strategies and reports aplenty have been published. However, confidence does not flow from their mere publication, but from measurable evidence that they will be delivered within a reasonable time period."

DCC looks overseas

DCC has cast its net overseas to appoint Leslie Van de Walle as a new non-executive director.

The tall, bespectacled Frenchman parted company with UK drinks can maker Rexam last November after a tough three-year stint as chief executive at the firm, which was almost certainly made more bearable by a £1.6m (€1.8m) pay-off.

The 54-year-old father of two previously worked for Schweppes, United Biscuits and for Shell's petrol forecourts business.

Mr Van de Walle, who speaks German, Spanish and English, is a wine buff so it will be interesting to see what he makes of DCC's rather limited range of wines, which includes classics such as Blue Nun.

Dublin Web Summit

THOSE interested in making money out of the internet might want to pop along to the Dublin Web Summit later this month.

An impressive array of speakers including the founders of YouTube, Twitter and Skype who are Chad Hurley, Jack Dorsey and Niklas Zennstrom respectively.

Local talent lined up for the event includes Darragh Doyle of Boards.ie, Fred Karlsson of DoneDeal.ie and Paddy Holahan of NewBay. Booking details can be found on dublinwebsummit.com.

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