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Web Summit: 'Dublin will always be in our hearts - maybe one day the Web Summit will come back'

Published 05/11/2015 | 17:29

Paddy Cosgrave Co Founder and CEO speaking at the Web Summit at the RDS.
Pic Steve Humphreys
4th November 2015.
Paddy Cosgrave Co Founder and CEO speaking at the Web Summit at the RDS. Pic Steve Humphreys 4th November 2015.

THE Web Summit is leaving – but “Dublin will always be in our hearts,” said founder Paddy Cosgrave.

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He said that while the tech conference will now move to Lisbon, it will continue to be an Irish company with its head quarters in this country.

Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Web Summit, on the opening day at the RDS. Photo: Frank McGrath
Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Web Summit, on the opening day at the RDS. Photo: Frank McGrath

He said that he loves Ireland, his home country. “It is where I will grow old and where I will some day raise a family,” he said.

“Dublin will always be in our hearts,” Cosgrave said, holding out some hope for a future return, saying:  “Maybe one day the Web Summit will come back to this fantastic city.”

“To the community of Dublin, I salute you,” he said.

“We’re leaving but we hope to come back in the future.

Meanwhile Cosgrave is backing a campaign to end the Catholic First admissions policy in schools, in support of a four year old Hindi girl who was unable to get into the school where her friends were attending. The school that eventually accepted her is too far away for her to walk there with her parents.

The Web Summit is supporting the Walk4Eva drive, with a walk to the Taoiseach’s office at 6pm this evening to highlight her case and end inequality in the education system.

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