Last-minute attempt to defuse Web Summit row
Published 03/11/2015 | 02:30
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton is to represent the Government at the Web Summit in a last-minute effort to quell a row over whether Taoiseach Enda Kenny was actually invited to the event.
It has emerged the invitation to the Taoiseach arrived late on Friday, with sources saying it would be impossible to clear his diary at such short notice.
The Government has been embroiled in a row with the Web Summit organisers in recent weeks after a series of emails between its founder, Paddy Cosgrave, and officials in the Department of An Taoiseach were made public.
The event is moving to Lisbon next year. Organisers wanted the Government to contribute more to the running of the event in terms of traffic management, wifi and hotel costs.
The Web Summit will host more than 40,000 tech executives, start-up founders and investors this week.
Speakers include the founders of Instagram and Tinder, the president of Pixar and former chief executive of Apple. Other high-profile speakers at the event will include sporting stars such as Chris Froome and Edwin van der Sar.