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Adrian Weckler: We're the best little country in world . . . at letting a growing conference slip away

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

Paddy Cosgrave
Paddy Cosgrave

'You're operating in a parallel universe where a jobs announcement or a photo opportunity at Web Summit is the biggest opportunity you see."

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As exasperated put-downs go, it's not the worst that a Government department will have encountered. Yet Paddy Cosgrave's testimony will burn both elected ministers and department officials. It's the verdict of someone who, whether you like him or not, has built a global event based on valuable connections for Dublin.

In 40 pages of email correspondence between the Web Summit and Government officials, Mr Cosgrave, who is taking his 30,000-person Web Summit conference to Lisbon next year, asks again and again whether anything is possible to alleviate traffic and transport issues around the event.

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