Richard Waghorne,writing in the Irish Daily Mail sat 25.4.09 writes about the ''ill-fated trip she made with Willie O'Dea to visit the Dell headquarters in Texas in a last ditch effort to avert job losses in Limerick.''
According to Waghorne,the meeting with Michael Dell was an utter disaster.
Aside from the fact that ''the Dell founder was incensed at her insinuation that Dell would suffer negative publicity in Ireland if it pulled out'',Coughlan surely put the final nail in the coffin when:
Quote: ''the Tanaiste let rip with a stream of the colourful language for which she is notorious inside govt buildings,eliciting a particularly infuriated reaction from one of Michael Dell's deputies,an ordained minister.''
So this is the Trade minister the Dell workers in Limerick were depending on.
This is how you negotiate with the multinationals.
Another symptom of why as a nation we are totally screwed when the likes of Coughlan is the best that this parody of a govt can muster.