Sunday 22 January 2017

How Kenny dropped ball on Web Summit

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Published 18/10/2015 | 02:30

POTS OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW: Hugo Reis, Finbar Browne and Luke Pendlebury promoting the personal finance app Wally at a previous Dublin Web Summit. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
POTS OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW: Hugo Reis, Finbar Browne and Luke Pendlebury promoting the personal finance app Wally at a previous Dublin Web Summit. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

It'll be four years ago next week since Enda Kenny first declared his intention to make Ireland the "best small country in the world in which to do business".

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It's become something of a mantra for him, to the point of parody. But the basis for that ambitious goal is being questioned this weekend like never before following the publication of correspondence between the Web Summit and the Department of the Taoiseach.

The Government stands accused of showing complete disinterest in keeping the highly prestigious technology event in Dublin and of taking a "disorganised and unco-ordinated" approach in their dealings with the Summit.

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