Europe's cyber-granny's tweets of wisdom bring Dublin's tech community to attention

Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission, was full of praise for the capital last week, writes Adrian Weckler.

24th March, 2013
'Digital champion' Lord David Puttnam and Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission, at the Irish Institute for European Affairs last week. Photo: Maura Hickey

She came, she saw, she tweeted. Europe's most influential cyber-granny rolled into town last Thursday, bringing hope to startups, schoolkids and Sunday newspapers.

Neelie Kroes's status as a grandmother, she told audiences last Friday, gave her clarity on the importance of digital innovation. But the iPhone-wielding vice-president of the European Commission and Europe's single most powerful digital lawmaker won't forget the Dublin rain.

"Is the suicide rate higher in Ireland than on the continent?" Kroes...

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