Ibec hosts International Womens Day event to mark 25 years of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement

March 02, 2023

As part of its ongoing For Peace + Prosperity campaign marking the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, hosted a special International Women’s Day event today. The event highlighted the pivotal role that women played and continue to play in fostering peace and prosperity in Ireland and Britain. 

Speaking at the event Nikki Gallagher, Head of Public Affairs in Ibec said: “The panellists joining Ibec for this International Women’s Day event are tangible examples of how the Peace Process has allowed us to leverage our economic capacities across the island of Ireland. Peace on the island underpinned by the Belfast/ Good Friday Agreement has been central to prosperity and the success of many businesses.”

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “It is important that we acknowledge the pivotal role women played in the Peace Process. This encompasses not only perpetuating peace and reconciliation but also building relationships and connections through entrepreneurship and enterprise. 
“The 25th Anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement presents a unique opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the vital contribution that women have made to prosperity on the island of Ireland.”

The panellists at the event included Mary Harney, former Tánaiste and first female Minister for Trade; Cllr Jill Macauley, Chair of the Ulster Unionist Party and businesswoman; and Helen Mulholland, Irish Whiskey Association VP, Master Blender and the first woman inducted into the Whiskey Hall of Fame.