Saturday 21 October 2017

Brendan Keenan: If you want to succeed, make sure you go abroad and work

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

AT a time when the little Dublin Port Tunnel -- well, it is little really -- was leaking water and money, I found myself in the high-speed rail tunnel that runs under the sea from Hong Kong Island to the new airport.

When I expressed my stunned admiration for this piece of engineering, I was told that the man who ran the tunnelling company came from Mayo. So why wasn't he building our tunnel, instead of a consortium cobbled together, goodness knows how, for the purpose?

The memory returned last week at a conference organised in London by a new group called Business for Ireland. The discussion on Ireland's economic prospects was most instructive, but the large audience that turned up even more so.

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