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Global Irish Economic Forum starts today
Senior figures from the world of international business are gathering in Dublin today for an economic forum aimed at generating ideas for Ireland's economic recovery.
More than 180 people with links to Ireland have accepted invitations from the Taoiseach to attend the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh House.
The Government says the forum will examine how the Irish at home and abroad can work together to generate ideas which will contribute to our economic recovery.

Invitations were issued in a personal letter from the Taoiseach and more than 180 people, who are travelling at their own expense and participating for free, have agreed to attend.
They include representatives from the US, Britain, Australia, China, Argentina, Europe and the Middle East.

Among those attending will be Craig Barrett, the retired CEO and Chairman of Intel, Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, Brendan McDonagh, CEO of HSBC North America, financier Dermot Desmond and management guru Gerry Robinson
The forums will include five separate sessions today and tomorrow.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, says it has the potential to be an extremely significant event in addressing our economic problems and developing a long term strategy to harness the potential of the global Irish community.
The forums programme also features a number of hospitality events, including a reception hosted by President Mary McAleese. A dinner at Dublin Castle will be hosted by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan tomorrow, while delegates will also be brought to the All-Ireland football final on Sunday.

Who Will be Attending the Irish Global Forum?
Craig Barrett, Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation

Peter Sutherland, Chairman, BP PLC & Goldman Sachs International

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogano

Neil Jordan, Award-winning Irish Filmmaker & Novelist

Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas Airlines Ltd

Fergal Keane, Special Correspondent BBC News

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman, American Ireland Fund

Bob Geldof, Band Aid Founder, musician, broadcaster & businessman

Others attendees are:
Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman - Executive Chairman, Peremba (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Kingsley Aikins - President & CEO, The Ireland Funds

Tom Arnold - Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide

Elizabeth Bagley - US State Department

Jack Bagley - Vice President For External Affairs at Battelle

Richard Barrett - Chairman, Treasury Holdings China

Colm Barrington - Chairman, Aer Lingus

Gerard J Barry - CEO, Fintrax Group Holdings Ltd

Thomas P Barry - CEO, Arabtec Construction Llc

Christian Bazantay - Secretary General, Servier Group, France

Dermot J M Boden - Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, LG Electronics, Seoul

John Bowman - Broadcaster, Historian and Political Scientist

Margaret Brennan - Anchor & Reporter, Bloomberg TV

Loretta Brennan Glucksman - Chairman, The American Ireland Fund

Dr Brian Buckley - CEO, Oman LNG LLC

Rory Buckley - CEO, Acision UK

Conrad Burke - CEO, Innovalight

Pat Butler - Director, McKinsey & Company

Dan Byrne - Founder & Chairman, Lincor Solutions Ltd

Séamus Byrne - Owner/Proprietor, Byrne Group, Dubai

Dr Kevin Cahill - President-General, American Irish Historical Society

Desmond P Carr - Chairman & CEO, Exxonmobil Saudi Arabia Inc.

Ken Carroll - Senior Advisor, Praxis Language, Shanghai

John Patrick Casey - Chairman & Ceo, Casey & Co

Liam Casey - CEO, PCH International

Norah Casey - CEO & Owner, Harmonia

Fred Combe - Managing Director, Natus Pte Limited

Christopher M (Kip) Condron - President & CEO, Axa Financial Inc; Member Of Axa Group Management Board Director; Treasurer of The American Ireland Fund

Avril Conroy - Performance Unit Leader, TNK-BP Russia

Richard Cooke - CEO, Lincor Solutions

Christy Cooney - President, GAA

Andrew Coppel - Exec Chair Mccambridge Group Holdings Ltd; Non-Exec Chair London Irish Holdings Ltd; Non-Exec Dir Crest Nicholson Plc

Tom Corcoran - Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group

Bridget Cosgrave - Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Gerard Creaner - Deputy Chairman, DPS Engineering

Edel Creely - Managing Director, Datapac

Charles P Curran - Chairman, Australian Ireland Fund

Susan Davis - Chairman, Susan Davis International

Catherine Day - Secretary General, European Commission

Dermot Desmond - Chairman, International Investment & Underwriting (IIU)

Dr David Dobbin - Chairman Intertrade Ireland Group Chief Executive of United Dairy Farmers

Moya Doherty - Producer/ Director, Tyrone Productions

Gearoid Doyle - Founder/CEO, Kinsale Capital

Margaret Doyle - Financial Services Columnist, Reuters

Dr Paul Duffy - Vice President for Manufacturing, Ireland & Singapore, Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals. President of The American Chamber Of Commerce Ireland

Richard Dujardin - CEO Veolia Transport Benelux/Ireland/Uk

Leslie Eu - Director, YTL Corporation

Irial Finan - Executive Vice President, The Coca Cola Company

William J Flynn - Chairman, National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Chairman Emeritus, Mutual of America

Hugh Friel - Chairman of Tourism Ireland Ltd (also Director of United Drug Plc)

Hervé Garnier - Senior Vice President, EADS Northern/Western Europe & Canada

Basil Geoghegan - Managing Director Deutsche Bank, London (also Co-Chair of The Ireland Fund of grate britain)

Håkan Gergils - Director & Founder of ECOFIN

John Gilmore - CEO, Sling Media

Cathal Goan - Director General, RTÉ

Rory Godson - Founder & Chief Executive, Powerscourt Ltd

Danuta Gray - CEO, Telefónica O2 Ireland

Francis (Frank) Hargrave - Company Director, Retired

Jackie Harrison - Chief Executive of Philanthropy Ireland

John Hartnett - President & CEO, G24 Innovations

Denis Headon - Director, TX-UK Collaborative, Rice University

John Herlihy - Vice-President, Global Ad Operations and Online Sales & Oprerations EMEA, Google

Dr Chris Horn - President, Engineers Ireland

Declan Kelly - Independent Consultant Specializing In Strategic Advisory Work. Director American Ireland Fund

Sarah Kent - CEO, Kentech Group

Paul Kerley - Chief Executive, Norkom Technologies

Joe King - Retired CEO, Molex Incorporated

Stephen Kingon - Chairman of Invest Ni and Chair of the Centre of Competitiveness in the north of Ireland

Dr Werner Kruckow - CEO, Siemens Ltd

Gerald Lawless - Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group, Dubai

Myles Lee - CEO, CRH PLC

Niall Lenihan - Assistant General Counsel, European Central Bank's Legal Services, Frankfurt

Dr Niall R Lynam - Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, Magna Mirrors

Dr Pearse Lyons - President, Founder & Owner of Alltech Inc

Colin MacDonald - CEO, Fine Grain Properties

Guillermo MacLoughlin Bréard - Director, MacLoughlin A Associates

Tony Maher - CEO, Wimm-Bill-Dann

Barry Maloney - General Partner, Balderton Capital

Tara McCabe - Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Robert J McCann - Private Investor

Colm Martin McCarthy - Director, OCBC Bank and Director Of Wheelock

Stan McCarthy - CEO, Kerry Group Plc

Norman McClelland - Chairman & CEO, Shamrock Foods, Phoenix

John McColgan - Producer, Director Of Tyrone Productions

Mark McCormack - Chief Operating Officer, Kerry Group - Asia Pacific

Brendan McDonagh - CEO, HSBC North America

John (Jack) McDonnell Jr - CEO, Exadigm, Inc

Gary McGann - Group Chief Executive Officer, The Smurfit Kappa Group

Michael McGovern - Chairman, TSI, Inc

Rory McInerney - Vice President, Intel Corporation

Nigel McKenna - Chairman, Melview Developments/Galway Tourism Investment Group

William S McKiernan - CEO & Chairman, Cybersource

Eunan McLaughlin - President, Nike Affiliates

John McLaughlin - Managing Director, Sanofi-Aventis Ireland Limited

Colm McLoughlin - Managing Director, Dubai Duty Free

Michael McMullen - Advisor/Investor, McMullen & Associates

Fr Paul McNelis - Bendheim Professor of Economics & Financial Policy

Fr Joe McShane - President of Fordham University

David McWilliams - Economist, Author & Broadcaster

Kevin Melia - Chairman, Vette Corporation

John Moloney - Group Managing Director, Glanbia PLC

Gerard (Gerry) Mooney - General Manager, Global Government & Education, IBM Corporation

George Moore - Chairman & CEO, Targus Information Corporation

Thomas Moran - Chairman, President & CEO, Mutual of America; Chairman of Concern Worldwide US

Redmond Morris - Film Producer

Martin Murphy - Managing Director, Hewlett-Packard Ireland Ltd

Oliver Murray - President & CEO, Brandes Investment Partners (Toronto)

Martin Naughton - Chairman & Owner, Glen Dimplex Group

David Neenan - Global Head Of Marketing & Sales, HSBE Insurance Holdings Ltd., London

Prof Martina Newell-Mcgloughlin - Director, University of California System Biotech Program

Brian O'Brien - Retired. Former Executive Vice President, Reinsurance & Innovation Of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, Seoul

Denis O'Brien - Chairman, Digicel Group

Niall O'Dowd - Founder Irish Voice Newspaper, Irish America Magazine, Irishcentral.Com

Sean O'Driscoll - CEO, Glen Dimplex Group

Maurice O'Gorman - Chief Administrative Officer Of NCB Capital, The National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia

Jim O'Hara - General Manager, Intel Ireland Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation

Walter O'Hara Jr - Managing Director & Executive VP, Allen & Company LLC

Liam O'Keeffe-Ayudhkij - Group Chairman, PCS (Thailand)

Liam O'Mahony - Director CRH PLC Chairman

Shane O'Neill - Chief Strategy Officer

Paul O'Riordan - CEO, Synexa Life Sciences

Barry O'Sullivan - Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems

David O'Sullivan - European Commission Director General For Trade

Paul O'Sullivan - Chief Executive, Singtel Optus Pty Ltd

Kevin J Pakenham - Managing Director, Jefferies International Limited

Félix Pena Murray - Director, Institute of International Trade, Standard Bank Foundation

George Quigley - Chairman, Bombardier Aerospace Belfast

James E Quinn - President, Tiffany & Company

Valerie Quinn - Managing Director, Coca-Cola Ireland

Paul Rellis - MD, Microsoft Ireland

Dr Louise Richardson - Principal & Vice Chancellor, University of St Andrews University

Gerry Robinson - Chairman, Moto Hospitality Ltd

Ambassador Daniel M Rooney - US Ambassador To Ireland

Anita M Sands - Former Managing Director, Citigroup

Werner Schwanberg - Managing Director, WGZ Bank Ireland Plc

John Seward - Managing Director, Coca Cola Bottling Indonesia

John Sutton - Professor of Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science

Dennis Swanson - President, Fox Television Stations, Inc

Fionnuala Sweeney - CNN International

Margaret Sweeney - CEO, Postbank Ireland Ltd

H Brian Thompson - Executive Chairman, Global Telecom & Technology

Donough Tierney - Vice President, EADS, Northern/Western Europe & Canada

Pat Toole - IBM Senior VP (Retired)

Robert F Trota - President, Max's Restaurant & Philippine Franchise Association; Honorary Vice Consul of Ireland In Manila

Mark Tuohey - Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Bernard Walsh - Retired Company Group Chairman, Johnson and Johnson

Rodney Walshe - Honorary Consul General of Ireland to New Zealand; Chairman, Southern Travel Holdings Ltd

Anna Whitehouse - President & MD, Total Philippines

Full details of the Global Irish forums
The forum aims to bring together some of the most influential business and cultural members of the global Irish community, as well as those with a strong business connection to Ireland.

It will aim to explore how the Irish, at home and abroad, and those with a strong interest in Ireland, can work together and contribute to Ireland's overall efforts at economic recovery.

Some 160 people will be in attendance, including international business leaders and cultural figures.

Micheal MartinMinister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin says he believes the Forum 'has the potential to be an extremely significant event, both as a step towards addressing our current economic challenges and as a platform for the development of a long-term strategy which will channel the enormous potential of the global community.

'The positive reaction with which invitees have greeted the initiative augurs well for its success.'

Following the meeting, the Department of Foreign Affairs will prepare an official report of the Forum which will incorporate the ideas that emerged over the course of the event.

The report will be presented to the Government for its consideration.

It is expected that a key tangible outcome of the Forum will be the establishment of a formal global Irish network, which will be serviced by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The event is being co-ordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Government.

Event Programme


12.30pm Arrival at Farmleigh

12.45pm Lunch

2pm The Smart Economy - Opening Address by Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Watch live

2.15pm The Global Economy: Positioning Ireland for the Upturn

Opening plenary session with moderated panel discussion

* Moderator: Fionnuala Sweeney (CNN International)
* Tánaiste Mary Coughlan
* Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan
* Niall FitzGerald, Deputy Chairman, Thomson Reuters
* Brendan McDonagh, CEO, HSBC North America
* Craig Barrett, Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board, Intel
* Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas

3.15pm Breakout working groups on specific economic topics

7.30pm Reception hosted by President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin


Global Irish Economic Forum SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

9.30am Breakout discussion groups

Ireland - The Innovation Island

* Moderator: David McWilliams (Economist)
* Tánaiste Mary Coughlan and Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, facilitate two working groups focused on 'Greentech & ICT- two building blocks of the innovation island'

Promoting Brand Ireland through our Global Cultural Profile

* Moderator: Dr John Bowman (Broadcaster and historian)
* Minister for Arts, Sports & Tourism Martin Cullen
* Moya Doherty, Director, Tyrone Productions
* Gerry Robinson, Chairman, Moto Hospitality Ltd.
* Dennis Swanson, President, Fox Television Stations, Inc.

Ireland's Image Abroad: What is it Now; How could it be Improved; and What Role can New Media Play?

* Moderator: Fergal Keane (Journalist and author)
* Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin
* Paul O'Sullivan, CEO, SingTel Optus
* Margaret Brennan, Anchor & Reporter, Bloomberg TV
* Christopher M Condron, President & CEO, AXA Financial Inc.
* Basil Geoghegan, MD, Deutsche Bank, London

11.30am Friday and Saturday working groups report to plenary

1pm Lunch at Farmleigh

2.30pm Ireland and its Diaspora: Harnessing a Unique Resource Watch live

Plenary session with moderated panel discussion

* Moderator: David McWilliams
* Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin
* Peter Sutherland, Chairman, BP
* Denis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel
* Liam Casey, CEO, PCH International
* Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chair, American Ireland Fund

3.45pm Concluding remarks by Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál
Martin, followed by a press conference. Watch live

7.30pm Dinner hosted by Tánaiste Mary Coughlan at Dublin Castle


Global Irish Economic Forum SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

12.15pm Lunch at Iveagh House

3.30pm All-Ireland Football Final, Croke Park

Forum Coverage

Follow the Global Irish Economic Forum on RTÉ television, radio and RTÉ.ie.


Live streams from Farmleigh, exclusive interviews with attendees, blog from RTÉ's Mark Little, news stories, photo galleries and the best of RTÉ's Television and Radio coverage.

Friday 18 September

2pm: 'The Smart Economy'
Watch the opening address by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

Saturday 19 September

2.30pm: 'Ireland and its Diaspora: harnessing a unique resource'
Watch the plenary session with moderated panel discussion.

3.45pm: Concluding Remarks
Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin wraps up the forum.


6pm: Live Six One with Bryan Dobson on location at Farmleigh


From 4.30pm: Fergal Keane & Emma McNamara with a special report live from Farmleigh on Drivetime with Mary Wilson

5.05pm - 5.45pm: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta's Glór Anoir le Cormac Ó hEadhra live from Farmleigh

1pm - 2pm: Myles Dungan presents Saturday View, live from the Global Irish Economic Forum

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