Wednesday 21 March 2018

Hoarses for courses as O'Keeffe bats for Fianna Fail

GOVERNMENT ministers may say publicly that Taoiseach Brian Cowen's recent "hoarseness" during that 'Morning Ireland' interview is no longer news, but they seem as reluctant to move on from the subject as the media.

The latest minister to bring up the topic for no particular reason was Cowen loyalist and Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe, who drew attention to his own hoarse voice at a lunch in Eamonn O'Reilly's One Pico on Wednesday to launch the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland's thought-provoking report on entrepreneurship.

His hoarseness was due to nothing other than his cheering for Cork in last weekend's All-Ireland final, Mr O'Keeffe coyly told his audience, which included entrepreneurs Bobby Kerr, of Insomnia, Sinead Maher, of Boomerang Recycling, and Sean Gallagher as well as CPA boss Eamonn Siggins.

Case in point

FLYLIGHT, the ingenious Limerick company founded by friends Pat Madigan and Noel Regan, appears to be moving from strength to strength. The Murroe, Limerick-based company got a warm recommendation from the 'Financial Times' last week for its suitcases, which include a small built-in digital weighing scales to allow travellers to determine whether their baggage is under the limit or about to add to Michael O'Leary's already-bulging coffers.

Micro creativity

MORE than 75 companies from the south-east are gathering today in the beautiful Set Theatre in Kilkenny, which was built by that city's entrepreneurial publican Eamon Langton last year.

The meeting kicks off with a special animated film by local heroes and Oscar nominees Cartoon Saloon of 'Book of Kells' fame before considering how to boost creativity in micro-enterprises.

The discussions are part of the three-year plan to turn the south-east into Ireland's 'hub' for creative thinking and innovation in business.

Among those hosting the event are Creativity in Micro-enterprises project leader Deirdre Doherty and South-East Regional Authority boss Michael Moroney.

Irish Independent

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