2013 Forum

The Third Global Irish Economic Forum will be held in Dublin Castle on 4 and 5 October, 2013.


Watch some of the sessions and speeches that were streamed live during the Global Irish Economic Forum 4 & 5 October 2013.

In May 2013, the Taoiseach and Tánaiste issued invitations to members of the Global Irish Network which consists of over 300 of the most influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals abroad, all of whom have demonstrated a strong affiliation with Ireland and have a record of high achievement in international business or in assisting in the promotion of Ireland.

Our overseas participants will be joined by members of the Government, Secretaries General of Government Departments, CEOs of State Agencies, members of the Opposition and leading members of the Irish business and cultural sectors.   This year the Irish business attendees are made up of senior figures from multinational companies with significant investments here, Irish companies with a substantial international profile and representatives from the indigenous SME sector.

In preparing the agenda and structure of this year’s Forum, we have taken on board a number of specific suggestions made by Network members.  In particular, the issues under discussion will focus on a small number of themes and Network members will play a central role in preparing for, and leading, the working groups.  We are also providing greater opportunity for Forum participants to engage with our indigenous companies and the wider public.

The Forum will look to the future in the context of a country that has come through crisis and restored our reputation.  The overall focus will be on creating the right conditions for job creation.  The four areas identified for discussions during the two days are:

  • overcoming the challenges facing the domestic economy and tackling youth unemployment;
  • financial services and public financing;
  • technology; and
  • education – focussing on internationalisation and alumni engagement.

There will also be appropriate opportunities for discussion on the future contribution of the Global Irish Network in the agri-food, tourism and cultural sectors. 

The Forum will consist of a mixture of plenary sessions, panel discussions, working groups and networking opportunities.  Within this framework, we ill engage with participants in developing innovative policy advice and practical proposals in respect of the major challenges and opportunities facing the country as we look to medium term.   In addition, building on the 2009 and 2011 events, the 2013 Forum will seek to further develop a structured engagement between the Government and leading Diaspora business figures

Two new elements have been included in this programme.  In response to calls from the Network for enhanced engagement between the Forum and the Irish SME sector, we have, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, set aside much of Saturday morning for an extensive networking and mentoring session between Forum participants and Irish companies. Also we will host a series of roundtable meetings on 3 October in Galway, Cork and Belfast. 

Further details on the regional meetings and other elements of the Forum’s programme will be available in the coming weeks.