Companies hope to cash in on the Clinton charisma
BILL Clinton will once again deploy his charisma to help Ireland when he travels to Belfast and Dublin on September 30 to prepare the ground for a conference on investment in the North due to hosted by his wife Hillary in Washington next month.
The visit, which is being organised by former 'Tipperary Star' reporter Declan Kelly, who is US economic envoy to Northern Ireland, will see a dozen chief executives from companies such as Seagate, Liberty Mutual and Citibank meet with a dozen US chief executives who are considering setting up shop in the North.
The day-long event will be a fairly exclusive affair with just 75 people in total attending, including Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness.
The event will be chaired by US pulchritudinous business journalist Maria Bartiromo, who once tried to trademark the nickname "Money Honey" and triggered a media storm in the US over her relationship with senior Citigroup executive Todd Thomson.
In Dublin that evening, the former US president will speak at a dinner honouring American Ireland Fund chairwoman Loretta Brennan Glucksman and officially open the Clinton Institute for American Studies in UCD.
Have jet, will travel
WHILE Brian Lenihan took the government jet to talk Anglo with Brussels on Monday, fellow banking enthusiast Eamon Ryan opted for a more cost conscious route. Not only did Mr Ryan take the Aer Lingus red eye, the Green minister was also spotted nipping out of the boarding queue to snap up a discarded 'Financial Times'. Brushing up on the banks ahead of an impromptu appearance at Ecofin? Sadly not; top sources say he was bound for an energy meeting.
THE first summer school celebrating the life of Kerry-born economist Richard Cantillon took place in Tralee this week with an eclectic mix of speakers, including economist Brian Lucey, former Labour Party leader and current AIB director Dick Spring and the commercial attaches of the German, US and Chinese embassies.
Mr Spring was in a nostalgic mood yesterday as he chaired a debate between Colm McCarthy and SIPTU's Jack O'Connor. The French-speaking Trinity economist and Cantillon biographer Antoin Murphy was later awarded the first Richard Cantillon medal at a dinner in honour of both economists at Ballygarry House Hotel.