Fianna Fáil election candidate for Dublin North-West Cllr Paul McAuliffe, the Chair of Dublin City Council’s Enterprise and Economic Development Committee has lambasted the Government for its lack of engagement with the organisers of the Dublin Web Summit and is calling for a report on how and why the city lost the event.
Cllr McAuliffe is demanding that a full explanation to be given to Councillors next week regarding the Council’s engagement with the Web Summit ahead of the organisers’ decision to move the Tech event to Lisbon.
“In light of the release of correspondence between the Web Summit team and the Department of Taoiseach yesterday, I want to establish the facts behind the war of words which has emerged between the Web Summit and the Department,” he said.
“The City Council has supported the Summit since its inception, and I want to see Dublin win this event back when their time in Lisbon ends. In order to do that we need to establish the support which has been provided to date, the efforts that were made by officials to resolve problems and the measures which are now needed to ensure this event returns to Dublin.
“This event was not just about 30,000 people coming to Dublin. Losing it is also about our reputation, it is about our brand as a city. We want Dublin to be a great place to do business and a great place for Investors to link up with Irish start-ups. This event was an opportunity for Irish start-ups to have access to senior leaders in the Tech sector and now because of the Government’s inaction that access is gone. I want Dublin City to win this event back and I want Dublin City Council to do everything possible in our power to ensure Paddy Cosgrave and his team knows that.”
The report will be presented to Councillors next Thursday at 4pm in City Hall at a meeting of the Enterprise and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee.