Monday 20 November 2017

High tech let-down as Wexford's Walter was about to deliver advice

By David Tucker

Walter O'Brien.
Walter O'Brien.

World class new technology expert, Walter O'Brien talking from his office in the US via Internet video link was about to tell his audience at the Wexford Business Expo 2015 at the County Council Offices in Carricklawn, how he could help his native county when an Internet glitch cut him off.

Brendan Cahill-Flynn, a young junior cert graduate from Ballybrittas, Bree led a chorus of 'cheated' business leaders and his fellow students when he said across the room that 'the Internet should have been sorted in Ireland 10 years ago'.

His comment echoed County Wexford man Walter's earlier comment in his truncated half-hour trans-Atlantic address that in South Korea more than 10 years ago, the government paid for massive Internet bandwidth for every major school, every major city and area. He said 'now it has a booming economy full of kids who are extremely technical.

'A big part of it is the Internet was free and fast'.

Compere Karl Fitzpatrick for organisers Wexford Chamber and Wexford County Council told Walter via the video link that key stakeholders were listening to him and one of their questions was: 'What can you do for Wexford?' Walter said, 'the only way I can help is..' when the video-link went blank.

Wexford Chamber meanwhile announced the presentation to Walter of an Outstanding Achievement award in the shape of a limited edition pin designed by Martins jewellers commemorating the 1916 Rising. Walter's pin has the number 197- the level of his IQ.

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