Further to the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmores brief reference to The Gathering 2013, (a year long tourism drive that will attract attention internationally with a view to turning the tide on business relocation in the state), An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to officially launch the drive during his tour of the United States this week. Using the International St. Patricks Day festivities as a platform to deliver his intentions to the worlds media, he has deployed numerous TD’s to capital cities across the globe to highlight the positive message that Ireland is again "open for business".
The idea of The Gathering came from discussions between members in attendance at the second Irish Global Economic Forum which took place in Dublin in 2011. The original forum was the brainchild of economist David McWilliams, who approached the government about a think-tank meeting of great Irish minds. Successful Irish people from around the world were invited to be in attendance at the first forum in 2009 in Farmleigh in a bid to attract business and open up new avenues in all industries.