CEO Update: Ibec invite to celebrate International Women's Day, and latest political developments

February 24, 2023

Dear member,

It has been another busy week for Ibec and the business community.

Earlier this week, we broadly welcomed the cost-of-living and cost of doing business measures announced by Government, outlining to media that several measures contained in the package will support business confidence and activity, most notably reforms to the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme and the extension of the 9% VAT rate for the Experience Economy. Ibec will continue to engage with Government to ensure that attention now turns to ensuring the delivery of these effective supports to viable but vulnerable businesses.

Yesterday, Ibec was delighted to host former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Alastair Campbell, former Director of Communications to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, at the Mansion House in Dublin as part of our For Peace + Prosperity campaign.

The event was a timely and worthwhile discussion on the importance of protecting the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and promoting the all-island economy.

The next event in the For Peace + Prosperity series will take place on the on 2nd March ahead of International Women’s Day. Women played a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process and continue that important work today. This encompasses not only perpetuating peace and reconciliation but also building relationships and connections through entrepreneurship and enterprise.

We will be joined on the day by panellists who have fostered international trade and investment, developed new products, grown industries and worked at the vanguard of scientific research and cross-broader cooperation. They are:

  • Mary Harney, former Tánaiste and first female Minister for Trade
  • Cllr Jill Macauley, Chair of the Ulster Unionist Party and businesswoman
  • Helen Mulholland, Irish Whiskey Association VP and Master Blender. First women inducted into the Whiskey Hall of Fame
  • Eibhlin Mulroe, CEO Cancer Trials Ireland

Registration is from 9.30 and the event will run from 10am to 11am. You can register for it here.

As always, please get in touch if you have any queries.

Kind regards,

Danny McCoy