The Government will attempt to get economic ideas from the most successful and talented members of the Irish diaspora at a three-day gathering in Farmleigh in Dublin later this month.

The Global Irish Economic Forum will take place from September 18-20, with more than 180 people set to participate. The Government hopes the Forum, which will be opened by the Taoiseach, will meet every two years.

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin said he believed that green technology, energy security and climate change would be among the main items discussed at the forum. He added that the aim was to create a new global network of people with Irish roots.

Those attending the conference will travel to the country at their own expense. Those who have confirmed they will attend include: Craig Barrett (retired CEO and chairman of Intel); Alan Joyce (CEO of Quantas); Kip Condron (CEO of AXA Financial); Bob Geldof, and Dennis Swanson (President of Fox TV).