Leading Irish abroad in Galway today

Galway has been chosen to host part of the third Global Irish Economic Forum which is taking place this week.

Organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NUI Galway will host a regional roundtable and public forum today, ahead of the the Dublin Castle events on Friday and Saturday.

The Galway event, which is supported by the university and Enterprise Ireland, aims to bring together members of the global Irish network - some 300 of the most influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals abroad - with SMEs in the west and the academic community.

Members of the network who will participate in the public forum, moderated by NUI Galway graduate Dr Gavin Jennings of RTÉ, include fellow graduates Irial Finan, executive vice president of Coca-Cola, Aedhmar Hynes, CEO of Text100, Gerald Lawless, president of Jumeirah Group, and Martin McCourt, executive vice-president of Gemalto.

NUI Galway President, Dr Jim Browne, said: “ The forum is an important national initiative and ensures Ireland can benefit from the advice and engagement of many global Irish leaders.”

The event begins at 1pm and will be streamed live online at www.nuigalway.ie

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