Lions and giants being led by midgets
Marc Coleman questions the wisdom of having Eamon Gilmore preside over the economic forum
In economic if not financial terms, Ireland has no more important relationship than the one we enjoy with the United States. At $55bn (€41bn), US multinational output in this country exceeds Brazil, China, India and Russia put together. Now just stand back and think about that for a minute: with just 4.5 million people, this little Republic of ours gets more US investment than four countries with a combined population of nearly 3 billion people.
In a great little book by Joseph Quinlan, Built to Last, The Irish-US Economic Relationship -- published this week by the American Chamber of Commerce -- these and other facts about the Irish-US economic relationship are detailed in a highly user-friendly way.
Another great book published recently is Kingsley Aikin's Global Diaspora Strategies Toolkit.