Buckley honoured for lifetime's achievement
BUSINESSMAN Leslie Buckley received a lifetime achievement award from Cork Chamber of Commerce last night for his commitment to developing Irish companies.
Mr Buckley, a native of Cork, used his acceptance speech to urge firms to donate more to charity.
"The average Irish company donates just one 12th of that donated by the average British business," Mr Buckley said.
Four years ago, Mr Buckley established the charitable foundation, Haven, to provide decent housing for some of the world's poorest people .
While acknowledging the suffering here since the recession began, Mr Buckley said: "We should just remember that the people of Haiti and many other parts of the underdeveloped world do not have to worry about property tax as many of them don't have a home. They don't have to worry about water charges as many don't have water."
Mr Buckley singled out Denis O'Brien as "the most visionary, dynamic and generous business man I ever had the pleasure to work with" and urged his audience to follow Mr O'Brien's advice by facing up to failure and moving on. "Denis always rightly says you cannot spend time staring into your rear-view mirror," he added.
Mr Buckley has, over a successful career, helped manage the start-up of Esat Digifone as well as working with Irish Steel, Waterford Crystal, Iarnrod Eireann and Aer Lingus.
He is chairman of INM, which owns this newspaper, the vice-chairman of Digicel and executive chairman of the Saongroup.