David McWilliams: Ireland badly needs a global education business
When multinationals consider moving here, the first thing they will research is schools
'If we want to be a proper player in the globalised world, we need to offer globally recognised education not just for the kids of potential foreign executives but for Irish children too.' Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
One of the opportunities Brexit offers this country is that multinational companies, which might have invested in the UK, are now more likely to look at Ireland. If you are the boss of such a company, why would you go to the UK when you worry that your company might not be able to trade freely within the EU – and that the type of EU professionals you hope to employ might not be able to work freely in the UK?
Or imagine you are an executive in a large Asian-based multinational, say a tech company. Your boss says the company is thinking of moving an operation to Europe and, with the UK compromised, Ireland is one of the options. The company aims to employ skilled locals and to attract skilled international employees. The bosses are keen to get “buy-in” from their key executives.