Farmleigh, 18 – 20 September, 2009

Friday, 18 September, 2009

12.30pm Arrival at Farmleigh
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Opening address by the Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen, T.D.

Opening plenary session with moderated panel discussion

‘The global economy: positioning Ireland for the upturn’

Moderator: Fionnuala Sweeney (CNN International)

Mary Coughlan, T.D. Tánaiste
Brian Lenihan, T.D. Minister for Finance
Brendan McDonagh CEO, HSBC N. America
Craig Barrett Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board, Intel
Alan Joyce CEO Qantas
3.15pm Breakout working groups (11 groups) on specific economic topics
7.30pm Reception hosted by President McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin

Saturday, 19 September, 2009


Breakout discussion groups

‘Ireland - the innovation island’

Moderator: David McWilliams (Economist, author and broadcaster)

The Tánaiste, Ms. Mary Coughlan, T.D. and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Eamon Ryan, T.D. to facilitate two working groups focussed 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)

Martin Cullen, T.D. Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism
Moya Doherty Director, Tyrone Productions
Sir Gerry Robinson Chairman, Moto Hospitality Ltd.
Dennis Swanson President, Fox Television Stations, Inc.
Bob Geldof Band Aid Founder, Musician, Broadcaster & Businessman

‘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)

Micheál Martin, T.D. Minister for Foreign Affairs
Margaret Brennan Anchor and Reporter Bloomberg TV
Paul O'Sullivan CEO SingTel Optus
Christopher M. (Kip) Condron President & CEO of AXA Financial Inc.
Basil Geoghegan Managing Director Deutsche Bank, London  
11.30am Friday and Saturday working groups report to plenary. Panel to include Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Mary Coughlan T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and Mr. Eamon Ryan T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
1.00pm Lunch at Farmleigh

Plenary session with moderated panel discussion

‘Ireland and its Diaspora: harnessing a unique resource’

Moderator: David McWilliams (Economist, author and broadcaster)

Micheál Martin, T.D. Minister for Foreign Affairs
John Hartnett President and CEO, G24 Innovations
Denis O'Brien Chairman Digicel
Liam Casey CEO PCH International
Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chair of the American Ireland Fund

(To be streamed live)

3.45pm Concluding remarks by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D.
  Press conference
7.30pm Dinner hosted by the Tánaiste, Ms. Mary Coughlan, T.D. at Dublin Castle

Sunday, 20 September, 2009

12.45pm Lunch followed by All-Ireland Football Final, Croke Park