Irish too often spurn Diaspora advice says top Wall Street figure
Irish in Ireland need to include Irish abroad says top advisor
"In the late stages of the crisis, official Ireland, in my view, started groping around on this whole issue of “the Diaspora,” which resulted in the first Global Irish Network conference at Farmleigh in 2009. I was invited to join, and I wasn’t able to attend the initial conference, but I did attend the Dublin Castle conference last October, and there was an interim conference here in New York in November 2010."
He says far more use should be made of leading Irish American figures. "Craig Barrett, the former chairman and CEO of Intel, announced that he was willing to sit on any Irish state board without pay. Any other institution in the world within 20 minutes would have signed him up. And Craig Barrett is still waiting to get a call from Dublin. There’s a reason for that, and to me it gets back to the awareness and the need for control. Craig Barrett isn’t part of the Irish system, so he isn’t beholden to anybody. He’ll call it the way he sees it. And I think official Ireland is somewhat anxious about that.
"One other example. I went to the interim conference the Global Irish Network (GIN) hosted at the Irish Consulate in New York in November 2010. One of the speakers was a minister from the previous government, and she said a couple of interesting things that day. When she was asked what she wanted of the GIN, she said she wanted cheerleaders. Which, I think, made for an awkward moment. She also said everything in Ireland was fine, that the Irish government was fully funded, and that the writing earlier that week in The Journal [that Ireland was headed for a bailout] was misinformed.
“You had a group of people in the room with a great deal of good will for Ireland, but they were uncomfortable about being asked to be cheerleaders, and they were very uncomfortable about being patronized. If they didn’t feel that way at the time, they certainly felt patronized a week later when Ireland formally requested a bailout.
"Official Ireland needs to figure out precisely what it wants to do about the GIN and the Diaspora. Because there is still a great deal of good will. When I was in Dublin Castle at the GIN conference last year, there were people in that room who could help a great deal through different types of initiatives. But they are busy people and the goodwill isn’t going to last forever, and somebody needs to harness that. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that there’s anybody in the Global Irish Network or the Diaspora who can change the rules under which the Irish government is trying to work right now or come up with something they haven’t already figured out; Ireland has very few strategic choices given the financial constraints it’s living under. But a great deal of what the Diaspora can do is at a micro level.
"There’s an opportunity to help shape future government policy and future regulation, and to provide some help in governance and oversight on public boards. They can contribute by helping the universities provide world-class education, by helping Irish entrepreneurs, by sitting on the boards of Irish companies and helping them expand into markets like this, which are brutally competitive and need local expertise. They can work with new immigrants – and there are going to be a lot more immigrants – to assimilate. There are huge opportunities like that for the network, but there has to be accountability and follow through."
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