Saturday 20 January 2018

Taoiseach in touch with captains of industry

Taoiseach Brian Cowen leaving Government Buildings last night
Taoiseach Brian Cowen leaving Government Buildings last night

Michael Brennan

THERE is no reference to Mr Cowen's meetings with Sean FitzPatrick in his official diary released under the Freedom of Information Act.

But many of his other meetings with people were edited out because they related to his own personal affairs, security matters in the North or confidential state business. Some of those he met included:

Former US Congressman Bruce Morrison, his special economic adviser Peter Clinch, Kryan McLaughlin of Davy Stockbrokers, Liz Hoctor of the Irish Pharmacy Union, independent TD Michael Lowry, Gerry Botts of Shell, Liam O'Mahony (retired chief executive of Cement Roadstone Holdings), Eddie Gray (president of GlaxoSmithKline Europe), US Democratic senator Chris Dodd, IFA president Padraig Walshe, Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly Martin of Elan, Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, Pat Cox (director of Ireland for Europe group), Intel chief executive Paul Ottelini, Ray Bitar of Dublin-based poker company Pocket Kings Ltd, Tom Parlon of the Construction Industry Federation and Dr Burton Lee of Innovation Taskforce.

Mr Cowen usually had between 30 and 40 events to attend each week. His routine events included a meeting with Fianna Fail ministers and then a separate meeting with Green Party leader John Gomley and Health Minister Mary Harney before every cabinet meeting.

He also travelled abroad to meet world leaders.

Irish Independent

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