Statement in respect of job losses at Waterford Stanley


Reacting to the news this morning that Waterford Stanley are to cut their workforce from 57 to 24 later this year, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: "This is very concerning and a disappointing announcement for Waterford. The recent CSO figures showing unemployment for the region as the highest in the country at 9.4% does not make for light reading and this is an additional blow.


"Waterford Stanley has been a significant employer in the city for many years and a loyal member of Waterford Chamber. We offer every assistance to them at this difficult time. We are calling on the Government and local agencies to step up and make job creation within the region an immediate priority."

Waterford Chamber Pre-Budget Submission 2018


One of the focal points of Waterford Chamber is to lobby on behalf of our members and we have an open door policy in this regard. We are here to act as the voice for business in Waterford.


To that end, we are seeking inputs and proposals from members for the Chamber Pre-Budget Submission 2018 to Government and would ask for your inputs on same in a timely manner.


Here are some key topics for discussion, however, feel free to add your thoughts for consideration.

  • Support Growth
  • Where We Need to Invest (e.g. Housing, transport, infrastructure, broadband etc)
  • Securing Our Future (e.g. Education, skills, childcare, pension etc)


Submit your inputs at the following link:


Thank you once again for your contributions and to reiterate, we are here to act as the voice for business in Waterford and are happy to assist in pertinent lobbying issues should you so require it.

Chamber hosts Taiwanese Ambassador


Taiwanese Ambassador 1


Waterford Chamber was delighted to host a brunch meeting with Taiwanese Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Simon S.K. Tu and his wife Tracy, who are keen to establish economic and cultural links between Taiwan and Ireland.


The Ambassador was presented with a delicious brunch compliments of Walsh’s Bakehouse and a bottle of Muldoon Whiskey on departure, thanks to Nichola Beresford of Anchor Irish Spirits.


Pictured are Maurice Cummins, former Leader of the Seanad; Tracy Tu; Ambassador Tu and Gerald Hurley, CEO, Waterford Chamber.

Strong economic forecasts highlight urgent need to address infrastructure deficits


Draft Stability Programme 1Commenting on the publication of the Draft Stability Programme Update, Laurent Borla, Waterford Chamber President said, "The improved GDP forecast and the positive employment growth predicted are further evidence that now is the time for Government to invest in capital infrastructure projects.


"This investment will support future economic growth and help insulate the economy from any potential economic shocks that result from the UK withdrawal from the EU, as referenced in the Draft Stability Programme Update.


"The strong performance of the Irish economy in recent years coupled with a growing population has led to  increased pressure on  existing infrastructure, particularly in city and urban areas. The strong forecasts for employment growth in 2018 along with the recently published summary results from Census 2016 show that Ireland had the fastest growing population in the European Union between 2011 and 2016 and indicate that the pressure on transport infrastructure and housing will continue to increase.


"This highlights the urgent need for Government to invest in infrastructure while the economy is performing strongly and to fund capital projects that will enable us to not only keep up with the current pace of growth but also drive future economic growth across Ireland." 

Gerald Hurley appointed CEO of Waterford Chamber


Gerald Hurley 1

Waterford Chamber is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Gerald Hurley as Chief Executive Officer.


Gerald has a long and successful track record in business, both in Ireland and abroad, and is a past President of Rotary International – Waterford.


Speaking on his appointment, Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla said: “We are delighted to welcome Gerald to the team and looking forward to further growing Waterford Chamber under his leadership. Gerald brings a wealth of experience to the role and has an undeniable passion for the progression of Waterford. There are hugely exciting times ahead for Waterford and Gerald will no doubt be a significant voice for business as we work together into the future.


“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Nick Donnelly for his commitment to Waterford Chamber over the past four years. His dedication and contribution to the business life in Waterford has been hugely important and his support of me, the Board and Chamber staff has been phenomenal.”


Gerald was Managing Director of Limerick firm John Clune Ltd between 1978 and 1984 and then managed the interests of the Dubai-based National Trading Development Establishment in London. However, he has spent most of his career with McInerney Construction, which he joined in 1987, becoming an Executive Director of the company in 1997. Gerald has also been involved at different times in developing business opportunities in the Middle East, the UK and Brazil.


Born in Limerick in, Gerald was educated at Clongowes Wood College and the University of Limerick. He is married to Bernadette and they have lived for many years at Faithlegg. They have three children, Bryan, Laura and Gerald.


Gerald will take up his position of CEO of Waterford Chamber on Monday, 10th April.

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