Global Irish Economic Forum visit to Limerick this Thursday

Limerick City and County Council will host the Limerick element of the Global Irish Economic Forum this Thursday (November 19) ahead of the Dublin Castle events on 20-21 November.

The regional showcase event, Limerick 360 will feature a Mayoral Reception, a presentation on Limerick’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020 and a visit to the University of Limerick.

Cllr. Liam Galvin, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick said: “Limerick City and County Council, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs, is delighted to be hosting members of the Global Irish Economic Forum on their visit to Limerick. This visit will be an exploration of Limerick’s ambition to develop and edge in business, social and physical regeneration, cultural richness and educational opportunity.”

“Thursday’s visit represents a valuable opportunity to showcase why Limerick is emerging as a leading investment location and attractive place to live in and visit,” added Mayor Galvin.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, said: “The Global Irish Economic Forum has been an important element of our recovery, generating job-creating initiatives, deepening our links with the global Irish and helping to restore our international reputation.”

“This year’s Forum looks to our future prosperity and economic resilience. This regional event will offer a particularly good opportunity to showcase the Limerick region,” added the Minister.

The fourth Global Irish Economic Forum will take place from 19-21 November and will focus on a number of Government priorities including encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting businesses to scale up and creating jobs through growing Irish exports. The Forum will bring together more than 300 leading Irish and Irish-connected figures from across the globe to help support Ireland’s recovery. A strong all-island approach will be ensured with regional events in Galway, Laois, Limerick and Derry.

The Global Irish Economic Forum is organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This year’s programme includes regional events to be held in Limerick, organised in partnership with Limerick City and County Council and the Limerick Economic Forum, which will bring together members of the Global Irish Network and local representatives from the fields of business, culture and education. The US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, will also participate. A working lunch to discuss economic growth in the city and region will be hosted by Professor Don Barry, President of the University of Limerick.

Members of the Network who will participate in Limerick 360, which will be hosted at the Limerick City Gallery of Art and moderated by Tim O’Connor, Chairman of The Gathering 2013, include Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman Emeritus of The American Ireland Fund, who together with her late husband helped build the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick, and John Hartnett, Founder and President of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, after whom the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre at the Limerick Institute Of Technology is named.

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