Sunday 25 February 2018

Paddy's back at the RDS and pledging to tackle corruption

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave
Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave is bringing his conference roadshow back to the RDS.

Mr Cosgrave confirmed that the financial technology conference Moneyconf will relocate from Madrid to Dublin, back to the venue that caused so much friction between Mr Cosgrave and proprietors of Dublin's biggest conference venue.

However, with numbers at Moneyconf not expected to exceed 6,000, the issue of overburdened wifi is unlikely to play the same contentious role as when the Web Summit was held at the venue in 2015.

"Contrary to what you might think, I'm good friends with them in the RDS," he told a press conference in Dublin. "Relationships are very good. Moneyconf is here for the forseeable future."

Mr Cosgrave also said that he wants to become an anti-corruption campaigner in Ireland, claiming that Ireland sits "at the bottom of the table" in tackling white collar crime.

"Ireland has a very real problem with corruption," he said. "If you are serving in public office in any other western country and are found to have accepted a bribe, you're obligated to leave public office," he said. "This is not the case in Ireland. It can be established as a fact that you have accepted a bribe as a public representative and there is no requirement to leave public office."

Mr Cosgrave said that he plans to get several executives to co-sign a letter urging the Government to pass anti-corruption legislation in September.

"I'm in a position to be able to pick the phone and ask the CEOs of global companies to support this," he told a press conference in Dublin this morning.

Mr Cosgrave also said that he intends to set up some workshops for locally-focused trainee journalists in a new civic initiative.

Asked whether this activity signalled an entry into Irish politics, he replied: "No. Selling tickets is much easier."

Irish Independent

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