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Business and Management.

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This case was prepared by Dr. Thomas M. Cooney as the basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either the effective or ineffective handling of a business situation. The case was written for the Ernst & Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year Series which is edited by C. Henry and is based on the Ernst & Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. This case was initially published as part of the 2007 Awards Evening "Ignite the Spirit" and was subsequently made available on the dvd "Irish Entrepreneurs: Their Real Story, produced by Ernst & Young.


It was a beautiful day on March 5th 2007 and the official launch of the Digicel Foundation Haiti was drawing to a close. The Foundation had been inaugurated at a special ceremony to mark the completion of the Foundation's first project, the rebuilding in record time of the Ecole Mixte Lageho (a primary school in the hurricane ravaged Pont Janvier rural community of Thomazeau), thanks primarily to the combined efforts of Digicel staff and local community members. Denis O'Brien (Digicel Group Founder / Chairman and Patron of the Digicel Foundation) was joined at the ceremony by the Prime Minister of Haiti, Mr. Jacques Edouard Alexis, and by Mr. Gebriel Bien-Amie, Haiti's Minister of Education, to officially open the newly rebuilt and fully furnished primary school.