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The Punt: The pencil is mightier...


Paddy Cosgrave

Paddy Cosgrave

Paddy Cosgrave

The Web Summit is finally here and it's probably going to be a stressful few days for the event's frontman Paddy Cosgrave.

Last year's Summit was plagued by wifi problems and this year Cosgrave had a right set-to with Government mandarins about Dublin's infrastructure before deciding to depart for Portugal.

But an interview Cosgrave did with the 'Financial Times' last week provides an insight into how Cosgrave might maintain his Zen if things start to go wrong.

Asked by the newspaper what his favourite piece of executive technology was, Cosgrave surprisingly plumped for something old school:

"I have all the usual personal tech. But the answer is... my pencil. Underlining is my meditation."

Perhaps then this whole schmozzle about infrastructure could have been avoided if the Government had made some extra Faber-Castells available.

But what's done is done and the way to maintain calm over the next three days seems simple.

RDS officials quaking in their boots at the prospect of things going pear-shaped need only keep a few pencils and some paper to hand.

Fang-tastic new Dublin route

IT'S too late for this Halloween, but Blue Air may just develop a niche in vampire-related travel.

The Romanian airline announced yesterday that it is to launch twice-weekly flights from Dublin to Cluj.

Cluj is Romania's second largest city and is located in the historical Transylvanian region.

But all those young Dracula fans out there who did not get their fill of vampire-related chills during Dublin's Bram Stoker Festival last week will have to wait until next summer, when the service launches.

Flights will depart from Dublin Airport each Tuesday and Saturday.

Lonely Planet recently declared Transylvania the top region in the world to visit for 2016. Dublin featured in the top three city destinations for 2016 behind Kotor, Montenegro and Quito in Ecuador.

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Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said that he has no doubt that the new route will be "an attractive location for both business and leisure passengers".

The Punt presumes not mentioning the undead was an accidental oversight. Still, it's another new route - which is good news for airport stake-holders (sorry!).

Eversheds nets new staff duo

International law firm Eversheds has bolstered its team of legal eagles as it continues on what is expected to be a year of strong growth for the company.

Appointment number one is former Goodbody senior associate Marie McGinley. By day she will take up the position of head of intellectual property and technology as well as being a partner in the firm. However, by night she contributes to the e-commerce law report, lectures in intellectual property and IT at the Law Society and is also a registered Irish trademark agent. The Punt wonders if she gets a chance to draw breath.

Joining her will be Gavin O'Flaherty, who is leaving Mason Hayes & Curran after serving as a corporate partner for over seven years. He will serve as a partner in Eversheds' corporate & commercial practice. O'Flaherty is also a chartered tax adviser from the Irish Taxation Institute and has advised a number of US companies and venture capitalists on their investments into the Irish market.

Eversheds is one the largest law firms in the world, employing nearly 4,000 people. It added 80 staff last year, bringing its total to about 225 in the capital, and has previously said that it expects double-digit growth in 2015.