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Global Irish Economic Forum for October

A second Global Irish Economic Forum is to be held in Dublin this coming October.

The announcement was made by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, who said the event would run Oct. 7-8 in Dublin Castle.

"The Tánaiste decided to proceed with holding the forum this year given the important contribution it can make towards building Ireland's reputation among the international Irish business community," Gilmore's department said in a statement.

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The inaugural forum was held at Farmleigh House, Dublin in September, 2009 and was widely seen as a success.

According to the statement, the primary goals of the October gathering will 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 and to strengthen ties with the Irish diaspora as a key part of the government's efforts to restore Ireland's international reputation abroad."

"The government recognizes the valuable role the global Irish can play in Ireland's economic recovery. This forum will provide an opportunity for us to meet with key members of the diaspora and to discuss our priorities for economic renewal, job creation and the restoration of Ireland's reputation abroad," said Gilmore.

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Invitations will be issued "shortly" to members of the Global Irish Network, which was established after Farmleigh. The network now consists of over 300 of the most influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals in 37 countries, "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."