Former US president Bill Clinton, will join a host of world leaders and well known figures for the second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin next week.

Economist David McWilliams, award-winning author Colm Toibin, U2 Manager Paul McGuinness, GAA president Christy Cooney will converge at Dublin Castle on October 7 and 8 alongside the current president Mary McAleese, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.


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“The Forum will be the first time the entire Network has come together and I am looking forward to a frank and intensive exchange of ideas on the Government’s priorities for economic renewal, job creation and the restoration of Ireland’s reputation abroad,” Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said in a statement on the forums website.

The first forum was held in September 2009 which aimed to explore how the Diaspora could contribute to Ireland’s economic recovery. As a result of this the Global Irish Network was established which is a network of influential Irish at home and abroad.

Topics to be discussed during the two-day conference include “Ireland: the Road to Recovery”, “Ireland’s image abroad”.

Bill Clinton will address the group on “Ireland and the Global Irish in the 21st Century”,

The forum will also launch, a new online community for Irish people around the globe.