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Can the diaspora contribute to economic recovery?

250 Irish people from around the world will share their ideas at the Global Irish Economic Forum this weekend

Comedian Dara O’Briain is one of the speakers at the biennial think-in on the Irish economy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Thu, Oct 3, 2013, 15:50


More than 250 Irish and Irish-connected business people and cultural leaders from around the world will take part in the Global Irish Economic Forum this weekend to share ideas on how to stimulate Ireland’s economic recovery.

The focus for this year’s session is “creating the right conditions for job creation”. Participants from the fields of business, philanthropy and the arts include executive vice-president of Coca-Cola Irial Finan, Glen Dimplex chief executive Sean O’Driscoll, American Ireland Fund chairman Loretta Brennan Glucksman, comedian Dara O’Briain and author Colum McCann.

Ideas to emerge from previous forums include the Gathering, the Farmleigh, Connect Ireland, the “Invest in Ireland” Forum, and a range of measures aimed at improving access to Ireland for those seeking to do business or study here.

What do you think could be done to promote economic growth in Ireland? If you were invited to the Forum, what ideas would you put forward, based on your experiences abroad? How can the “Irish diaspora” contribute? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.