Friday 30 September 2016

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave to appear on Friday's Late Late Show

Published 04/11/2015 | 16:14

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

WEB Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave will appear on this Friday's Late Late Show, it has been announced.

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He will join Ryan Tubridy on Friday night, the day after wrapping up the final conference in Dublin before it moves to Lisbon next year.

Among the topics he is expected to discuss is the departure of the Summit from Dublin, his dealings with government and whether he expects the event will return to Dublin in the futue.

He also could be asked about his reaction to an interview between RTÉ's Sharon Ní Bheoláin and co-founder Daire Hickey on last night's Six One, which sparked ire amongst some viewers.

Ní Bheoláin began the interview by pointing out that Cosgrave had "pulled out just before we went on-air" and went on to accuse the Web Summit management of having a "testy day".

She asked Hickey why the Web Summit "couldn't let bygones be bygones" and asked him was it not "rather pointless to engage in this bitter broadside" with the Government over the loss of the Web Summit.

She pressed Hickey on the amount of money "on the table" to move the Summit to Lisbon, despite repeat protests by Hickey that the Summit told the Irish government that they were "willing to forgo that money in return for some traffic management plans".

Irish viewers did not support Ní Bheoláin on Twitter, writing that "RTÉ should be ashamed" and that the journalist did not have the "right tone" in the piece.

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