In what can only be viewed as a shocking slap in the face for Enda Kenny and his Fine Gael Government the well-regarded Web Summit will be relocated to Lisbon in 2016.
The founders of the summit, which is an international gathering of the brightest and best in the world of computing, have continually expressed concern and frustration with their dealings with the Government and have finally had enough.
Co-founder Paddy Cosgrave has been scathing in this criticism of the Irish Government who he accuses of…
‘…operating in a parallel universe where a jobs announcement or a photo opportunity at Web Summit is the biggest opportunity you see. Meanwhile other governments are cleaning up under your nose.’
Despite attempts by Government press-spinners to downplay the loss of the summit, it is clearly a blow. The web summit event was born in Ireland. The organizers again and again communicated with the Government about their concerns that the infrastructure around the event was insufficient. The Government did little or nothing and now the organizers have moved the event to Lisbon.
Where they were greeted with open arms.