2011 Forum

During the Global Irish Economic Forum, some sessions and speeches were streamed live on the Internet, these can be found by clicking here.


The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, T.D., announced on 3 May, 2011 that the Government would host a second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle on 7-8 October, 2011.

The primary purposes of the 2011 Forum would be to:

  • Engage fully with the Irish Diaspora in developing Ireland’s global business and trade relations; 
  • Discuss face-to-face the Government’s  priorities for economic renewal with key members of the international business community;
  • Strengthen ties with the Irish Diaspora as a key part of the Government’s efforts to restore Ireland’s international reputation abroad.  

Invitations were issued to members of the Global Irish Network, which was established after the first Global Irish Economic Forum held at Farmleigh House in September, 2009.  The Network 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.

 In addition to the Network members, a small number of senior Irish based individuals from the business and cultural worlds were invited.  The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Cabinet Ministers and senior representatives from Government Departments and State Agencies also attended.

The forum would be the first occasion the entire Global Irish Network would come together.  Over the course of the 2 days, participants discussed the Government’s priorities for economic renewal, job creation and the restoration of Ireland’s reputation abroad and explored how the Irish, at home and abroad, and those with a strong interest in Ireland, could work together to contribute to our overall efforts at economic renewal.