O'Brien urges Ireland to tap into diaspora's power

Digicel founder Denis O'Brien says Ireland must use its diaspora and turn to emerging markets if it is to get beyond the recession. Niall O'Dowd interviewed him in New York.

29th September, 2012
Denis O'Brien walking in the streets next to the Iron Market in the centre of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince last June. Photo: Antonio Bolfo/Getty

It was a good week for Digicel founder Denis O'Brien. In a Time magazine cover story, former US president Bill Clinton said that O'Brien's move to make cash transactions available for the poorest in the world via mobile phones had been the number one idea in changing the world last year.

He has also just received a corporate philanthropic award from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at its annual meeting. And his finances look healthy,...

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