AN enormous conference of the European People's Party, featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will bring €8m directly to the Irish economy when they roll into Dublin next year.
The EPP, a centre-right, pro-European political group affiliated with Fine Gael, plans to hold a two-day rally on March 7 and 8 in the Convention Centre Dublin.
Some 2,000 delegates are expected to attend, including more than 10 prime ministers. Ms Merkel is scheduled to give a keynote speech at the event in the docklands convention centre. Her delegates are block-booking hotels in Dublin city centre for the event, which is likely to prove as controversial as it is celebratory, as Ireland remains saddled with the burden of bailing out European bondholders who piled into our reckless banks.
The EPP is the biggest political party in Europe with 13 EU heads of government and 13 members of the EU Commission as well as being the largest group in the European Parliament.