Web Summit: The fraught relationship with Irish officials revealed

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There was exasperation within government amid escalating demands made by organisers

The decision by Web Summit, the huge annual conference for technology start-ups, to move from Dublin to Lisbon next year came as a shock to the government when officials were informed by phone last Tuesday evening. But not, perhaps, as a surprise.

Last week’s announcement by the Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave that the forthcoming November conference would be the last in Dublin was preceded by weeks of fruitless contacts between the Web Summit and...

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