While the IDA is working to promote companies working in cryptocurrencies, the main Irish banks are doing the opposite. 

With the unusually warm weather that we enjoying here in Ireland, it is hard to be anything but happy and buoyant even in the light of the depressing tanking of the cryptomarkets dipping under the 300 billion mark for the first time this year.

There are many reasons given for the bear market including the Japanese government clamping down on exchanges, the South Korean hack and even Mt Gox rearing its ugly head again.

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Here in Ireland, I attended the first Irish Expert Blockchain Group’s monthly meetup. It was held in the IDA offices (Ireland's inward investment promotion agency) in Dublin and included the Department of Finance and Enterprise Ireland. It was a lively meeting with blockchain enthusiasts from both private and public sectors. I made a new friend in Fiona Delaney, head of Origin Chain. I can see us making good trouble going forward.

What surprised and delighted me about the meeting was the active involvement of government bodies in this space, led by the modest and hardworking CIO of the IDA, Keith Fingleton.

This progressive official Irish movement is in direct contrast to the actions of the pillar banks here with regard to cryptocurrencies and blockchain companies. Taking their lead from Google and Facebook stances, the banks are giving a hard time to companies working in this space.

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