Wednesday 18 October 2017

Mum's the word for top brass at Dublin Castle gig

DUBLIN Castle was a hotbed of business expertise as industry representatives gathered to help the Government determine its economic strategy up to 2020.

The Medium Term Economic Strategy consultative forum included an opening address by Department of Finance secretary general John Moran (pictured), as well as a speech by the economic adviser to European Council President Herman van Rompuy.

There were discussion groups, feedback to plenary sessions, and an eventual overall feedback speech on the forum from Mr Moran, to close the day.

The Punt would love to tell you all about it. We'd like nothing more than to detail the insights, debates and ideas from our best and brightest industry chiefs.

But our lips are sealed. The conference was held under Chatham House rules, which means nothing said in the event could be attributed to anybody.

The point was to encourage free thinking and open dialogue. What they actually mean is that if your idea was so utterly moronic that you should hold your head in shame, it won't come back to bite you.

We hope the constraints in reporting provided a conducive environment for inspiration.

God knows we need it.

Irish Independent

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