• News for 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
    Friday, June 07, 2019
    Councillor Eoghan O’Brien elected as Mayor of Fingal Councillor Tom Kitt elected as Deputy Mayor   Fianna Fail Councillor Eoghan O’Brien was elected today as Mayor of Fingal at the first meeting of Fingal County Council since the recent Local Elections. Cllr Tom Kitt of Fianna Fail was elected as Deputy Mayor.   Cllr O’Brien, who represents the Howth Malahide Local Electoral Area, has been ...read more
    Categories: Community, Stakeholder, Political
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, has been appointed as the new Director General of the Health Service Executive. He will leave his position on May 13 after the final monthly meeting of the current Council.   Announcing his departure to councillors and staff today, Mr Reid said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to have been appointed to such an important role that ...read more
    Categories: Stakeholder, Political
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Fingal County Council has welcomed today’s announcement by the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the Preferred Route for MetroLink, linking Swords to Charlemont.   The Council has also stressed the importance of ensuring that the project sticks to its proposed timelines and becomes operational as scheduled in 2027.   The Chief Executive of Fingal County ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Friday, March 15, 2019
    Additional services should be devolved to Irish local authorities  from central government – Fingal County Council Chief Executive   Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid has stated that the debate surrounding Local Government in Ireland needs to extend from just the focus on who runs the sector to a debate about what services could be further devolved from Central ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, February 11, 2019
    MetroLink project to Swords must proceed without further delay, Chief Executive tells Council Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid has insisted that the MetroLink project to Swords, via Dublin Airport, should proceed without further delay, regardless of any issues relating to the southside aspect of the route, to ensure it meets its 2027 completion target. In his Chief Executive’s ...read more
    Categories: Community, Stakeholder, Political
    Friday, January 18, 2019
    ‘Arts for all’ as Fingal County Council adopts new Arts Plan for 2019-2025  Fingal County Council have formally adopted an Arts Plan for 2019-2025 that seeks to enable all in Fingal to access a wide range of arts and cultural experiences, to foster diversity of arts practice and to support artists of many different backgrounds.   Four key objectives feature in the plan, which was approved at ...read more
    Categories: Community, 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
    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
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Fingal Dublin Chamber today (19 June 2018) welcomed the announcement by Minister Donohoe in the Summer Economic Statement of safeguarding the economy from potential future challenges and ensuring the delivery of capital commitments.   Anthony Cooney, Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber commenting on the statement said,   “The fiscal space and budget strategy announced by the Minister of ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, June 11, 2018
    Global Ireland 2025 Plans an ambitious step in Ireland’s future path   Commenting on today’s (11 June 2018) launch of the Global Ireland 2025 plans, Fingal Dublin Chamber Chief Executive Anthony Cooney said, “We welcome today’s launch of the Global Ireland 2025 plans and the scale of the ambitions they aim to achieve over the coming years. Fingal Dublin Chamber has previously called for ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Thursday, May 10, 2018
    Apple’s Data Centre withdrawal demonstrates need for urgent review of planning system Commenting on today’s (10 May 2018) announcement by Apple that they will no longer proceed with their plans for the development of a data centre in Athenry, Anthony Cooney, Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber said, "This morning’s announcement by Apple to halt their plans for a data centre in Athenry is ...read more
    Categories: Political
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