"Our "Great Little Nation" is increasingly being run in an authoritarian, secretive and anti-democratic style which has nothing to do with the sense of pride and moral virtue that propelled the vision of our founding fathers to build an independent Irish state established on sound democratic principles..."
“This is a man whose primary interest in working with foreign companies is to bring into China products which Chinese companies are poor at making. If he likes a product, his nod is as good as a wink to Wahaha’s distribution network,” said O’Reilly, head of the Accurate Group...
"..Kennedy-Skipton’s neutrality didn’t go down at all well with volunteers who put their life on the line defending Hong Kong, while up on The Peak he was flying the Irish flag declaring his neutrality to the Japanese.."
With 50% of China’s population moving into its cities, and 160 cities in China with populations of over one million people, to use the business jargon that Irish Pubs offer “compelling growth” potential for their shareholders, and for the development of Irish business interests in China is an understatement in the extreme
The cost of demolition and reconstruction is estimated at about RMB 10 million (or Euro 1.1million at today's rate), and compares to the reported Euro 9 million cost of building and running the Ireland Pavilion at the World Expo.