• News for Chambers Ireland

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    Reports today that in the last year the majority of SMEs have either postponed, or are reviewing, their investment plans highlights the impact of the Brexit negotiations on the Irish economy.  Speaking this morning, Chambers Ireland chief executive Ian Talbot emphasised the importance for businesses of all sizes to prepare now before the UK’s final departure deadline at the end of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chambers Ireland, Political
    Tuesday, July 09, 2019
    Following today's (9 July 2019) publication of the revised Brexit contingency action plan from the Irish Government, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive urges businesses to comprehensively review this latest Brexit resource and to continue to prepare for a highly possible 'no-deal' outcome this October.   “Today's revised contingency action plan is being published as a result of the ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chambers Ireland
    Monday, July 08, 2019
    CSR Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced Today   Chambers Ireland today (8 July 2019) officially announced the shortlist for the 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards. Over seventy shortlisted projects across the fourteen award categories are recognised for CSR activities and initiatives which are ambitious, innovative and practical in scope. Announcing the shortlist, Ian Talbot, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chambers Ireland, Environment
    Tuesday, July 02, 2019
    Following publication of the June Fiscal Monitor, Chambers Ireland calls on Government to ensure that Budget 2020 delivers on commitments for investment in infrastructure.   Speaking this evening Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,   “While the economy is performing well, continued prosperity is by no means guaranteed. There are a number of economic headwinds which could stall ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    Following today’s (25 June 2019) publication of the Summer Economic Statement by the Minister for Finance, Chambers Ireland call on Government to ensure that funding commitments made under Project 2040 are delivered, regardless of Brexit outcome. Speaking this afternoon, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot, acknowledged the extremely difficult scenario the Government faces this autumn ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Monday, June 17, 2019
    Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot today (17 June 2019) welcomes the publication of the All Government Climate Action Plan and highlights the need for an all island perspective on how we transition to a low carbon economy. “The publication of this plan is welcomed by the business community. Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy is identified as one of the central priorities ...read more
    Categories: Environment, Chambers Ireland
    Friday, May 24, 2019
    With today’s announcement (24 May 2019) of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official resignation on 7 June, Chambers Ireland calls on the British Parliament to elect a Prime Minister who will seek to prevent a no-deal, disorderly Brexit.   Speaking this afternoon, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “Today’s announcement by Mrs. May brings progress on the Withdrawal Agreement to ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    Chambers Ireland today (21 May 2019) welcomes the results from the CSO Labour Force Survey showing continued employment growth in the Irish economy for the first quarter of the year and the lowest unemployment rate since 2005.   Speaking this afternoon, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,   “The continued growth in employment, especially in the regions, is welcome and will go a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chambers Ireland
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    Chambers Ireland is the national voice of Ireland’s largest business network. Our network has the broadest geographic presence, reaching towns and cities across the country. As a network, we want to see sustainable communities thrive in locally vibrant economic environments. A fast, national, reliable broadband network is a prerequisite for this.   Speaking this afternoon, following the ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland
    Friday, May 03, 2019
    Ahead of local and European elections taking place on 24 May, Chambers Ireland, as the national voice of Ireland’s largest business network, launches the “Our Time To Vote” campaign. The campaign calls on voters to support candidates who are committed to realising a long-term vision for our communities by improving planning, investing in our cities and regions and supporting how we transition to ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political, Community
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    Today (16 April 2019), Chambers Ireland is launching our Local Government manifesto and calls on voters to ask their candidates the hard questions about the long-term future of their areas: How candidates intend to deliver sustainable infrastructure and housing for their communities? What will they do to support local economic development? And, how will their policies help adapt our economy to ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Monday, April 15, 2019
    The deadline for candidates to submit nomination papers ahead of the upcoming EU elections is at midday this afternoon. Ahead of the nomination deadline, Chambers Ireland calls on candidates to advocate for a sustainable, competitive Europe that creates jobs and supports economic growth.   Speaking today (15 April 2019), Chambers Ireland Chief Executive, Ian Talbot said,   “These are ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    Following the announcement of Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to undertake further consultation and defer the valuation date, Chambers Ireland today (3 April 2019) calls for a commitment from Government to review this decision and complete the review of LPT as a priority in advance of Budget 2020 so that no further deferral of the valuation date beyond 1 November 2020 takes ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political, Economic
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    Commenting this evening (13 March 2019) on the UK Parliament’s vote on leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,   “We welcome the result of tonight’s vote and the progress being made to ensure a disorderly withdrawal from the EU by the UK does not occur.   However the vote is of ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Friday, March 08, 2019
    Today, on International Women’s Day (8 March), Chambers Ireland welcomes the announcements from Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan that Government intends to take additional actions on increasing visibility of women on state boards and the advancement of women’s equality through the National Strategy for Women and Girls. However, Chambers Ireland urges Government to take a business-friendly ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chambers Ireland
    Monday, March 04, 2019
    Irish business invited to ‘Spring’ into CSR plans with Awards launch Chambers Ireland today (4 March 2019) launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2019 at St. Stephen’s Green. The CSR Awards offer the business community a chance to promote and highlight the best practice CSR activities taking place in companies of all sizes across Ireland. The Awards showcase projects that help to ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    Ahead of the European Parliament elections taking place this May, Chambers Ireland and a delegation of representatives from around the Irish Chamber Network today (20 Feb 2019) launches its “Chambers for Europe” manifesto in Brussels.   Speaking at the European Parliament this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot calls on businesses and their employees to proactively engage ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Changing to Qualified Majority Voting on tax issues will act against Irish competitiveness   Commenting on today’s (15 January 2019) official Communication from the European Commission, calling on European leaders to consider moving to qualified majority voting in EU taxation policy, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot commented,   “Ireland’s tax system has been one of the key tools ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chambers Ireland, Political
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Uncertainty prevails in the vote against Orderly Withdrawal Commenting on this evening’s (15 January 2019) outcome of the 'meaningful vote' in the UK's House of Commons, which ended in a vote against the Withdrawal Agreement, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot commented, “After months of speculation and despite the recent assurances to the UK from the EU on their commitments within the ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chambers Ireland
    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    Surplus must not distract from sustainability   Commenting on the release of today’s (3 January 2019) Fiscal Monitor, Anthony Cooney, Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber said,   “The €100m surplus recorded in today’s final Exchequer Returns of 2018, the first since the crash in 2008, deserves to be commended, particularly considering that a deficit had originally been ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chambers Ireland
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018
      Brexit: European Commission implements “no-deal” Contingency Action Plan in specific sectors​   The United Kingdom will leave the European Union in 100 days' time. Given the continued uncertainty in the UK surrounding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, as agreed between the EU and the UK on 25 November 2018 – and last week's call by the European Council (Article 50) to intensify ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chambers Ireland
    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: deferral of UK Parliament vote heightens unease among EU businesses   During a two-day mission to London on Monday and Tuesday, EUROCHAMBRES members have expressed their growing concern of a disorderly Brexit as a result of the deferral of the Withdrawal Agreement by the UK Parliament. Chambers across the EU have been preparing businesses for a no deal Brexit for ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chambers Ireland
    Monday, November 19, 2018
    EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey 2019: 45,000+ business express their concerns on skills shortages European businesses are again optimistic about the year ahead, but less so than 12 months ago, while concerns about access to skilled workers have risen. These are among the main findings of the 2019 EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey, the 26th consecutive annual assessment of European entrepreneurs’ ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chambers Ireland
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    Chambers Ireland welcomes approval of Withdrawal Agreement text   Chambers Ireland today (14 November 2018) welcomes the approval of the Withdrawal Agreement text by the UK Cabinet.   Speaking this evening, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,   “We welcome today’s approval of the Withdrawal Agreement text by the UK Cabinet, recognizing the huge effort by the respective ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chambers Ireland
    Friday, November 09, 2018
    Implementation of EU Free Trade Agreements must improve to bring clear benefits to SMEs   Ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council Taking Place today in Brussels (9 November 2018), Chambers Ireland, in collaboration with our colleagues in Eurochambres, urges Member States and the European Commission to increase their efforts to improve the implementation of EU Free Trade Agreements so that they ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political, Economic
    Thursday, October 25, 2018
    No-deal Brexit will impact business across the EU, says Chambers Ireland and its counterpart Chambers in the Northern European Coastal Chamber Alliance   At a meeting today (Thursday 25 October 2018) with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Chambers Ireland joined with our colleagues from the Northern European Coastal Chamber Alliance, including the British Chambers of Commerce, to urge negotiators ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Friday, October 19, 2018
    Singapore Free Trade Agreement signing is great opportunity for Irish export growth   Commenting on today's signature of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Singapore at the ASEM Summit in Brussels (19 October 2018) Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland commented,   "We welcome today's signing of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement at the ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chambers Ireland
    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    Budget 2019: Measures to deliver infrastructure welcome, but little to improve short-term competitiveness   Speaking following the delivery of Budget 2019 by Minister Paschal Donohoe today (9 October 2018), Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, commented:   "Government’s chosen path for Budget 2019 will produce long term benefits for the Irish economy if measures announced are ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Friday, October 05, 2018
    BCC, NI Chamber, Chambers Ireland: Businesses across GB, NI and Ireland need speed and precision injected into Brexit negotiations   With less than six months until Brexit, the leading UK, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland business groups are joining forces to call on both sides to redouble efforts in the on-going negotiations to ensure an agreement is reached that provides clarity and ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    Chambers Ireland welcomes new President Siobhan Kinsella   Chambers Ireland congratulates Siobhan Kinsella on assuming the role of President of the organisation, succeeding Niamh Boyle, Managing Director of the Reputations Agency who held the position since 2016.   Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot commented,   “We’re delighted to welcome Siobhan as our new President and we look ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Staying the course is key going into Budget 2019   Commenting on the release of today’s (2 October 2018) Fiscal Monitor, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said,   “Today’s final Exchequer Returns before the announcement of Budget 2019 next week holds no surprises or promises of any giveaway.   They do however illustrate the ongoing need for prudent decisions. From the ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    Chambers Call on Government to Make Childcare More Affordable in Budget 2019 Chambers Ireland and its network of Chambers from around the country gathered in Dublin today for the first Chamber Network Budget Dialogue, where they called on Government to ensure that investments committed to as part of the National Development Plan are delivered on as part of Budget 2019.  Chambers also called on ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    Salzburg Summit Brexit talks: Priority #1 = Ensure an Orderly Brexit   Chambers Ireland today, in association with Eurochambres (the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry) has published a new position paper conveying a simple message to EU27 Heads of State for their Salzburg Summit talks on Brexit this evening and tomorrow; focus on finalizing the UK Withdrawal Agreement to ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Chambers Ireland calls for infrastructure delivery at Budget Committee   Appearing today (18 September 2018) before the Budget Oversight Committee, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot called on Government to ensure that commitments made in the National Development Plan are delivered on.   “Budget 2019 will be the first following the finalisation of Project Ireland 2040 and it is ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Political, Economic
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018
    Exchequer Returns signal importance of prudence in Budget 2019 Commenting on the release of today’s (4 September 2018) Fiscal Monitor, Anthony Cooney, Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber said, “The results from today’s Exchequer Returns indicate that Budget 2019 must be a prudent one. Considering these returns alongside the economic uncertainties facing us from a variety of external ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Economic, Political
    Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    Fingal Dublin Chamber welcomes Labour force growth, but competitiveness still key Fingal Dublin Chamber today (28 August 2018) welcomes the results from the CSO Labour Force Survey showing continued employment growth in the Irish economy for the second quarter of 2018. Fingal Dublin Chamber CEO Anthony Cooney commented, “Today’s CSO Labour Force survey results are a welcome and reassuring ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland, Economic
    Thursday, July 12, 2018
    Chambers Ireland today (12 July 2018) launched its Pre Budget 2019 Submission, recommending that Government use Budget 2019 as an opportunity to think strategically about how we can future-proof our economy and make the best use of today’s prosperity in preparing for the threats facing Ireland on an international stage.   Speaking at the Chamber Chief Executives’ Forum in Athlone, where ...read more
    Categories: Chambers Ireland
    Friday, July 06, 2018
    Chambers Ireland welcomes green-light for EU-Japan Trade Deal Chambers Ireland today (6 July 2018) welcomes the news that the EU and Japan have been authorised to formally ratify a new trade deal, negotiations for which first began in 2013. Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot commented, “Exactly one year to the day when the deal was approved by the European Commission, today’s ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chambers Ireland
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    Business voice must be heard as Brexit deadlines come and go Ahead of this week’s meeting of the EU Council and in light of the snail’s pace in negotiations between the UK and EU, Chambers Ireland today (26 June 2018) calls on the EU27 and the UK government to provide clarity to business on what the future trade relationship post-March 2019 will be.   Speaking this afternoon, Ian Talbot, ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chambers Ireland, Political