• News for Economic

    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
    Monday, July 01, 2019
    Dublin Airport welcomes Aer Lingus’ inaugural direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota. Aer Lingus’ new route will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from this August.  The new service will be operated with a Boeing 757 aircraft. Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said the new route will further grow tourism and trade between ...read more
    Categories: Partner, Economic
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    Dublin Airport welcomes the launch of Great Dane Airlines’ new Dublin to Aalborg service this summer. Aalborg is Denmark’s fourth largest city and is located in the North Jutland region, close to Denmark’s northern tip. The airline is operating the route twice weekly until July 26 and weekly thereafter until October 15. “We’re delighted to welcome Great Dane Airlines to Dublin and Ireland,” ...read more
    Categories: Community, Partner, Economic
    Sunday, June 02, 2019
    Dublin Airport is delighted to welcome WestJet’s new three times weekly direct service to Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The new route will be operated with a Boeing Dreamliner aircraft and is the only scheduled service between the two cities. WestJet’s new Calgary service will also offer onward connections to 24 destinations including Vancouver and Las Vegas. “We have forged a strong bond and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Partner, Economic
    Friday, May 10, 2019
    Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient services, has invested €1.5 million in the establishment of a third ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland. The new facility in Northwood, Santry, Dublin, opened this week.  ExpressCare clinics by Affidea are ‘walk in’ facilities that treat minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require a hospital visit, open from ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Member
    Thursday, May 09, 2019
    Dublin Airport’s current low charges model is delivering for passengers, for airlines and for the Irish economy   daa is extremely concerned at the proposal from the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) to reduce airport charges at Dublin Airport by more than 22% over the next five years. The draft pricing determination is fundamentally flawed and does not take account of the current ...read more
    Categories: Partner, Economic
    Friday, May 03, 2019
    More than 383,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport this May Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, May 3 to Monday, May 6, 2019.  Passenger numbers are up 4% compared to the same weekend last year, according to Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport Communications Manager, Siobhán O’Donnell said over 2,700 flights will arrive and depart this May Bank Holiday weekend as the summer ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Stakeholder
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    New facility in Northwood, Santry, Dublin will create 10 new roles initially and is part of €25 million investment by Affidea in the Irish healthcare sector over past three yearsExpressCare Clinics already operating in Tallaght and Cork are designed to relieve the burden on busy hospital A&E departments Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient services, ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Member
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    A total of 390,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend from Friday, April 19 until Monday, April 22, which is a 6% increase compared to last Easter. “Over 2,600 flights are expected to arrive and depart this Easter Bank Holiday weekend,” said Dublin Airport spokesperson Siobhán O’Donnell. “The Canary Islands and Spanish coastal resorts are ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Stakeholder
    Thursday, April 04, 2019
    23 new services, four new airlines & 1.3 million extra seats   Dublin Airport will welcome a total of 23 new routes and four new airlines in the coming weeks, making this the busiest summer in the airport’s 79-year history.   More than 1.3 million extra seats have been added across the airport’s route network, which is a 6% increase in capacity when compared to last summer.   Four new ...read more
    Categories: Stakeholder, Economic
    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
    Sunday, March 31, 2019
    Dublin Airport welcomes the launch of airBaltic’s four times weekly summer service to Riga.   The airline will operate its new service with an Airbus A220-300.   “We are delighted to welcome airBaltic back to Dublin Airport re-establishing the connection between our two capital cities,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.   “Riga is a beautiful city steeped in history ...read more
    Categories: Community, Stakeholder, Economic
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Dublin Airport welcomes the announcement by Great Dane Airlines that will launch a new Dublin-Aalborg service this summer.  Aalborg is Denmark’s fourth largest city and is located in the North Jutland region, close to Denmark’s northern tip. Great Dane will operate the route twice weekly from June 21 to July 26 and weekly between July and October 15. Welcoming today’s announcement, Dublin ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Stakeholder
    Friday, March 08, 2019
    FINGAL’S ENTERPRISE AWARDS WITH €16,000 PRIZE FUND PART OF LOCAL ENTERPRISE WEEK.   A drinks business from Donabate is this year’s winner of the Fingal Enterprise Award for 2019.   Cult Drinks took the top prize of €5,000 and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Fingal at the 21st National Enterprise Awards on Wednesday 29th May in the Mansion House in Dublin.   Employing ten staff ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Fingal County Council
    Friday, March 08, 2019
    Dublin Airport will welcome more than 5,000 French rugby supporters flying in for the much anticipated Six Nations clash between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium this Sunday.   More than 70 extra flights have been added to Dublin Airport’s flight schedule this weekend to help get the fans to le match and back home again. There are special flights from cities in France such as Paris, ...read more
    Categories: Partner, Economic
    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
    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Dublin Airport welcomes Ryanair’s announcement that it is to have seven new routes this winter.   The airline will operate a new daily service to Milan Malpensa, and six routes that will begin this summer will also continue into the winter schedule. These are: a twice weekly service to Bordeaux, Gothenburg, Kyiv, London Southend and Pisa and a four times weekly service to ...read more
    Categories: Partner, Economic
    Monday, February 25, 2019
    Dublin Airport Welcomes New Direct Service to China’s Tech Hub Shenzhen   Dublin Airport welcomes today’s launch of Hainan Airlines’ new year-round direct service to Shenzhen.   The airline will operate two flights per week between Dublin and Shenzhen, which is in south-eastern China. Shenzhen will be Dublin Airport’s second destination in mainland China, as Hainan already operates a ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    Bank of Ireland launches €2bn Brexit Fund Gavin Kelly, Retail Ireland CEO – “Brexit isn’t ‘business as usual’. We are here to support our customers flex, adapt and thrive.”Fund is available to help businesses across the island of Ireland   Bank of Ireland has launched a €2bn Brexit Fund to help businesses across the island of Ireland prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU.  The Bank will ...read more
    Categories: Partner, Economic
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Record January at Dublin Airport Just under 2.1 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport this January, which was a 5% increase when compared to last year.  It is the first January in the airport’s 79-year history that passenger numbers have surpassed two million. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 8%, with more than one million passengers travelling to and ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Partner
    Monday, February 18, 2019
    Recruitment Industry Conference “The Future – Facing the Unknown” to address Changing Work, Full Employment and Labour Market Challenge The rise of artificial intelligence, 21st century skills and work practices, employment legislation, and the opportunities and challenges of Brexit all feature on a packed conference agenda for Ireland’s recruitment professionals next month. Taking place to a ...read more
    Categories: Member, Economic
    Thursday, February 14, 2019
    Taoiseach and Minister Ross Turn Sod on Dublin Airport’s New Runway An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD today performed the official sod-turning for Dublin Airport’s new North Runway project. The new runway is urgently needed to allow for expansion to underpin Ireland’s long-term economic growth. Dublin Airport’s existing main runway ...read more
    Categories: Community, Partner, Economic
    Thursday, January 31, 2019
    Local Enterprise Week to take place in Fingal as BREXIT looms   The small business sector urgently prepares for the impact of BREXIT with Local Enterprise Week to take place 3 weeks before the UK will leave the EU. As businesses continue to prepare for the full impact of a potential hazardous crash-out BREXIT, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is sending a clear message to small businesses to ...read more
    Categories: Stakeholder, Economic
    Friday, January 18, 2019
    €2 Million Investment Fund for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs   Fingal County Council invites entrepreneurs between the age of 18 and 35 from across the county to apply for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs (IBYE) 2019.   Representing the network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices, Fingal Head of Enterprise Oisín Geoghegan joined Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Stakeholder
    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
    Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record • Busiest ever year for Dublin Airport - 31.5m passengers• Extra 1.9m passengers last year• Record 5 million long-haul passengers• Eighth consecutive year of traffic growth• Traffic growth generates economic benefits throughout the island of Ireland Dublin Airport welcomed a total of 31.5 million passengers during 2018, setting a new record for the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    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
    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Dublin Airport Breaks 30 Million Passenger Milestone  Dublin Airport has welcomed 30 million passengers so far this year, and still has the busy Christmas period to come. This is the first time in Dublin Airport airport’s 78-year history that more than 30 million passengers have used the airport in a single year. “We’re delighted to pass the 30 million passenger mark for the first time in ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Friday, December 07, 2018
    Record November at Dublin Airport   Almost 2.3 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last month, making it the busiest November in the airport’s history. Passenger numbers were up 7% during the month. Passenger volumes travelling to and from continental Europe grew by 8%, with almost 1.1 million people travelling to European destinations during the month. UK traffic grew by 2% ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Friday, November 23, 2018
    WestJet to Increase Capacity from Atlantic Canada to Dublin Airport by 27% next summer   WestJet will launch a new daily summer service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Dublin from next April, but is discontinuing its existing summer service from St John’s, Newfoundland to Dublin.  The move will increase WestJet’s capacity from Atlantic Canada to Ireland by 27%, as the new Halifax service will be ...read more
    Categories: Partner, Economic
    Monday, November 12, 2018
    Dublin Airport Welcomes 14 New Services This Winter   Dublin Airport has almost 1.6 million extra seats across its route network this winter season, which represents a 12% increase in capacity compared to last year. There are 14 new services at Dublin Airport for this winter season. Four new services started recently - with Laudamotion launching a service to Vienna, Aeroflot starting a new ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    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
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018
    Record Passenger Numbers in October at Dublin Airport More than 2.8 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in October, which was a 9% increase on the same month last year. The increase in passenger numbers made it the busiest October in Dublin Airport’s 78-year history.  The number of passengers flying to and from continental Europe increased by 8%, as almost 1.5 million passengers ...read more
    Categories: Partner, Economic
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    Fingal Dublin Chamber disappointed with Government’s decision to increase the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector Fingal Dublin Chamber would like to express its disappointment at the announcement made yesterday by Minister for Finance, Pascal O’Donohoe to increase the 9% VAT rate to 13.5% as part of Budget 2019. This increase will take effect from the 1st January 2019. This is a ...read more
    Categories: Economic, 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
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018
    Dublin Airport Welcomes Aer Lingus’ Transatlantic Route Expansion    Dublin Airport welcomes Aer Lingus’ announcement that it is to launch new direct services to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and Montreal, Canada next summer.   Aer Lingus will operate both routes daily with a Boeing 757 aircraft to Minneapolis-St. Paul commencing on July 8 and Montreal with a new Airbus A321 long-range ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner, Community
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    TAP To Launch Double Daily Dublin-Lisbon Service   Portuguese airline TAP is to launch a new double daily service between Dublin and Lisbon from next summer. The new route will bring additional choice for passengers travelling between Dublin and Lisbon and will also offer convenient onward connectivity to South America and other locations via TAP’s global network. “We’re delighted to welcome ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner, Community
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018
    Childcare investment must be prioritised in Budget 2019 Commenting on today's (4 September 2018) ESRI report on childcare costs, Fingal Dublin Chamber Chief Executive Anthony Cooney said, “The analysis in today’s ESRI report clearly outlines what we have been hearing from the Chamber Network for some time now; that high childcare costs are directly impacting upon women in the workplace, ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Political
    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
    Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    Fingal Dublin Chamber Welcomes Kellogg’s Decision to Remain in Fingal Fingal Dublin Chamber has welcomed the decision of US food company Kellogg to remain in Fingal. The company, which employs over 220 people has been and will continue to be a key player in the economic landscape that is Fingal. Kelloggs, who are currently based in Swords, had looked at locations in other parts of the Dublin ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    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
    Monday, August 13, 2018
    Dublin Airport Opens New Transfer Facility Dublin Airport has opened a new €16 million facility designed specifically for passengers who are transferring from one flight to another. Built adjacent to Pier 4 close to Terminal 2, the new transfer area will greatly enhance Dublin Airport’s ability to compete for transfer traffic between Europe and North America and improve the quality of the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    Almost 422,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport this August Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, August 3 to Monday, August 6.  Passenger figures are up 4% compared to the same weekend last year.   Dublin Airport Communications Manager, Siobhán O’Donnell said this last bank holiday of the summer season will be busiest of the year with over 2,780 flights expected to arrive ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Friday, July 20, 2018
    Dublin Airport welcomes today’s announcement by Norwegian that it is to increase capacity on its Dublin to Province Boston service by 40%. The airline will offer a year-round daily service between Dublin and Providence Boston, up from five per week currently, next summer. Welcoming the additional frequency, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted to see ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Friday, July 20, 2018
    Dublin Airport has renewed its commitment to Airport’s Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) at Level 2 (Reduction) for another year. To achieve the accreditation, airports must map and measure the impact of airport activities in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.  The certification provides a common framework for active carbon management and covers the operational ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Dublin Airport welcomes today’s announcement by Lufthansa that it is to add a fifth daily service on its Dublin to Frankfurt route. This is the airline’s seventh expansion of services since 2014. The additional daily flight means that Lufthansa’s service between Dublin and Frankfurt will increase from 28 to 34 flights per week representing an increase in capacity of more than 20% when the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Partner
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    Dublin Airport welcomed more than 3.1 million passengers in June, which was a new monthly record for the airport and a 7% increase on the same period last year.   The increase in passenger numbers made it the busiest June in the airport’s 78-year history.   The number of passengers travelling to and from continental Europe grew by 6% with almost 1.7 million passengers travelling to and from ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    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
    Thursday, June 21, 2018
    Dublin Airport welcomes today’s announcement from Norwegian that it is to operate a new direct daily year-round service to Hamilton Ontario (Toronto) from March 2019.The airline will operate its Dublin to Hamilton service with a new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.Welcoming the new route. Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “Hamilton will be Dublin Airport’s fifth destination in Canada, ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Record May Is 50th Consecutive Month Of Growth At Dublin Airport A record 2.9 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in May, a 10% increase over the same month last year and the 50th consecutive month of growth at the airport. This sustained passenger growth over the past four years is the result of a combination of new airlines and route launches since 2014, according to Dublin ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    Dublin Airport Welcomes First Direct Flight To BeijingDublin Airport is delighted welcome the launch of Hainan Airlines’ new direct service to Beijing.The year-round service is Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to mainland China which is a major milestone for the entire Irish economy.Hainan will operate Dublin to Beijing direct with an Airbus A330 aircraft on Tuesdays and Saturdays and via ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Partner
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    Commenting on the release of yesterday’s (5 June 2018) Fiscal Monitor, Anthony Cooney, Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber said, "Today's exchequer returns demonstrate that Government is continuing to manage public finances very closely but must remain cautious.   As global uncertainties that impact Ireland increase, such as the ongoing lack of clarity on Brexit and the disappointing move ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Ireland’s drop in Competitiveness ranking illustrates the need for swift remedial action   Commenting on today’s (24 May 2018) IMD Competitiveness Yearbook Rankings 2018, Anthony Cooney, Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber said,   "This morning’s announcement that Ireland has dropped six places, to 12th place, in the IMD Competitiveness Yearbook Rankings 2018 is disappointing. This is a ...read more
    Categories: Economic