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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Putting diaspora on state boards 'sends out wrong message'

Graham Clifford

IRISH business figures working for large corporations abroad should not sit on state boards, according to Maura Quinn CEO of the (Irish) Institute of Directors.

Irish volunteers from leading business organisations in the UK and elsewhere were encouraged to serve on the boards after the initiative was made public at October's Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin.

The thinking behind it was that they would bring a fresh approach, expertise and knowledge of how to succeed in foreign markets. But Ms Quinn said the volunteers couldn't get to meetings in Ireland and that appointing these directors, who would receive no pay, might send a message to the world that we don't have suitable candidates at home to fill the posts.

With Ireland's economic salvation resting in the hands of importing nations, surely we should use every last resource we can abroad to help our cause.

Irish Independent

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