Monday 20 November 2017

Ryanair's Michael O’Leary to attend controversial Bilderberg conference

Interalpen Hotel, in the Austrian mountains near Telfs.
Interalpen Hotel, in the Austrian mountains near Telfs.
Ryanair's Michael O'Leary
Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

NEVER shy of the opportunity to shock a little, Ryanair's Michael O'Leary is scheduled to attend the controversial Bilderberg conference in Austria this week.

He will join the secretive, select group that some believe really rule the world - the conference is taking place close to the G7 Summit which is ongoing in Germany.

The Bilderberg Club is a private meeting of about 120–150 political leaders and industry experts held annually.

The first meeting was held in the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands over three days in 1954 and the conference was designed to promote Atlanticism, no less – a better understanding of the cultures of the US and Western Europe in a bid to boost co-operation on political, economic and defence issues.

Not surprising, considering the level of world destruction during the second world war and its aftermath.

In the past Michael Noonan has attended the meeting which usually takes place in a very posh hotel in a nice part of the world.

The only other Irish attendee this year is Peter Sutherland - the UN special representative on migration and the outgoing chairman of Goldman Sachs.

Here's a list of what they will be discussing:

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Chemical Weapons Threats

Current Economic Issues

European Strategy

Globalisation

Greece

Iran

Middle East

NATO

Russia

Terrorism

United Kingdom

USA

US Elections 

Other high profile attendees include former ECB boss Jean Claude Trichet.

The conference takes place at the opulent five star Interalpen Hotel, in the Austrian mountains near Telfs.

Austrian police revealed earlier this year that security for the conference will be in operation from June 9-14.

As is customary with Bilderberg, the actual meeting of delegates will take place from the Thursday to the Sunday - June 11-14.

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