Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, recent White House official for cyber security Howard Schmidt, and former director of the US Secret Service Lewis Merletti, will be among those addressing the Global Intelligence Forum taking place in Dungarvan, Co Waterford from July 13-15.
The 300 or so attendees expected will also hear from Europol’s strategic analyst for the European Cybercrime Centre Jaroslav Jakubcek, Nama chairman Frank Daly and a number of academics including Liam Fahey of Babson College, Andrew Roth, president-emeritus of Notre Dame College, Matt Whelan and Stefan Hyman of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Patrick Gibbons of UCD.
Hosted by the Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science at Mercyhurst University, the conference will include leadership panels and discussion on the most recent innovations in business intelligence, best practices for security analysis; global cyber security threats, the impact of social media in security and intelligence management and the application of intelligence principles to higher education challenges.
John Deasy has been instrumental in developing the relationship with Mercyhurst College Ireland to bring the Global Intelligence Forum to Dungarvan, as have members of the Waterford City and County Council.
The three-day event is expected to attract attendees from the business community, academia, security specialists, technology companies and global corporations, as well as government representatives and those involved in the area of business intelligence.
“The Global Intelligence Forum 2015 has an incredible line-up of expert speakers,” said Kevin Giblin, executive manager, Mercyhurst College Ireland, “that will provide the latest insights and innovations in security, business intelligence, data management and the use of technology to counter criminal and intelligence threats.
This is a unique opportunity to engage with leaders on diverse topics such as corporate risk management, advanced data analysis, anticipatory intelligence, cybercrime and real-time forensic analysis, among others.”
City Centre must come first
Waterford Fine Gael TD John Deasy says redeveloping the North Quays is not the main priority when it comes to getting government funding for the City.
“The top priority remains the NAMA/Michael Street development (pictured) incorporating a glazed Apple Market area. There is an absolute necessity to develop a major retail sector in Waterford city.
“The second priority is completing the Waterford Greenway between Dungarvan and the City, and the third is the regeneration of Tramore town centre.”
He said: “Discussions with the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform on a limited set of investments sought by Waterford City and County Council have been ongoing since late last year, and a decision is expected soon.”
This proposed stimulus package to help accelerate the city’s slow recovery involves a total ‘ask’ of over €14 million in terms of the Exchequer, and “while we’re still not sure how much money will be made available, we hope to get a good share of that,” Deasy added.
The rest of the €22m required will come from the local authority, who’ve made certain provision in their capital programme, and possibly some level of matching EU Regional Development Funding.
The North Quays — various plans for which have been mooted since 1998 — wasn’t prioritised in the expert group’s report underpinning last year’s council merger; though demolition work on the silos there is about to start.
Deasy said: “Once funding is secured for the priorities already identified, if there’s additional money made available under the new capital investment framework, then the development of the North Quays becomes a possibility.”
PAC Meeting | June 11, 2015
Deputy John Deasy: I want to return to NAMA and an issue that was raised on the floor yesterday during the debate on IBRC. I have a question about the ongoing monitoring and oversight of NAMA by the Comptroller and Auditor General's staff. How many members of staff are embedded in dealing with NAMA on a permanent basis? What oversight, monitoring and reporting does this entail?
Mr. Seamus McCarthy [C&AG]: The team comprises seven whole-time equivalents over a year. We may have a dozen people at a particular time if we need more bodies, but it equates to having seven full-time people. There is a very high level of engagement in the course of planning and carrying out the audit and reporting back any issues which we discover. The director of audit attends at least part of almost all the audit committee meetings. It is a very rigorous engagement. I will come back to the Deputy with more detail on it.
Deputy John Deasy: Information on John Deasy Zoom on John Deasy Has this been the case since day one-----
Seamus McCarthy: It has, yes.
Deputy John Deasy: Information on John Deasy Zoom on John Deasy -----when the NAMA Act was passed and enacted?
Seamus McCarthy: Yes.