Chamber welcomes Technological Universities Bill fast-track


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Waterford Chamber has welcomed Minister of Education and Skills Richard Bruton’s promise that the 2015 Technological Universities Bill will be fast-tracked when the Dail resumes in September.


Waterford Chamber continues to be vocal on the need for University status for Waterford and responding to the latest development, Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “We welcome Minister Bruton’s acknowledgment of the urgent need for Universities to provide the necessary talent and innovation required for development within the regions.


“With the intended population growth and the continuous skills shortage, now is the time to act and we hope Minister Bruton and his team, including Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister Halligan will endeavour to get this bill passed without delay.” 

Statement in respect of job losses at House of Waterford Crystal


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Reacting to the news that House of Waterford Crystal have issued redundancy letters to the entire 10 man design team, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “This is very concerning and a disappointing announcement for Waterford, particularly in light of the recent CSO figures. House of Waterford Crystal has been a loyal member of Waterford Chamber for many years and we offer every assistance to them at this difficult time.


“The name Waterford Crystal is synonymous with Waterford and to lose its design team, which is to the heart of what they do is a terrible blow. We are calling on the Government and local agencies to step up and make job creation within the region an immediate priority.”

CSR activities continue to flourish as awards shortlist displays diverse range of projects




Chambers Ireland today (14 July 2017) officially announced the shortlist for the 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. With fifty companies shortlisted across the fourteen categories, this year’s CSR Awards displays a diverse range of projects from all industries and sectors, from SMEs to MNCs, across every region of Ireland. 


Announcing the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist which highlights the depth of commitment to CSR from across the Irish business community. Each year the role of CSR in the Irish business community in Ireland grows in strength and we have witnessed this through the applications which we receive to the Awards increasing in terms of quality and social impact. CSR practices are becoming mainstream in an increasing number of companies across Ireland. This has a positive impact not just for the beneficiaries, the community, the environment but also positively impacts on the businesses involved. 


“Government has played an important role in promoting such activity through a continued commitment to CSR, which included the recent launch of the second National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility, “Towards Responsible Business.” We are immensely proud to play a role in the recognition of CSR best practice through the showcasing of excellent projects in the annual CSR Awards. I would like to wish all shortlisted applicants the best of luck.”


The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland, sponsored by BAM Contractors and run in association with the Department of Rural and Community Development.


Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring T.D. said, “The principles of Corporate Social Responsibility fit very well with my own Department’s objectives of promoting and supporting the sustainable and inclusive development of communities.” The Minister emphasised and acknowledged the tremendous role that CSR has to play in Ireland today, in all aspect of everyday life from the small group to the largest of communities. Young and old alike benefit as a result of philanthropic funding and other CSR activities. The business sector to its great credit regularly steps up to the plate to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate. They are about community building which is one sure way that as a society we will all progress and prosper together.

Motorway of vital importance to regional growth


Chamber Chief Executives from across the South East are unified and clear in the message that available fiscal space should be focused on capital investment and addressing the urgent infrastructure needs across the region, namely the provision of a new motorway between Waterford and Limerick.


Re-iterating the importance of connectivity between the South Region region and the west, Gerald Hurley, CEO of Waterford Chamber said: “Budget 2018 is an opportunity for Government to deliver the resources necessary for infrastructure projects nationwide. It is clear to see the current planning regime is no longer fit for purpose and we welcome the ideology behind the National Planning Framework. Priority must be the development of motorway connectivity between Waterford to the M8 and onwards to Limerick. If that was completed, we would then have motorway connectivity between the cities of Waterford, Cork and Limerick and ultimately to Galway.


“This measure would greatly enable these four cities become real economic drivers for their respective regions and benefit close of 500,000 people in the South East. And of equal importance is the competitive value of the improved ‘just-in-time’ delivery services to Ireland’s vital export markets.”


South East Chambers are not alone in vocalising this issue, with the Small Firms Association endorsing the motorway, saying “It is vital to continue to develop road connections throughout the country, in particular to ‘join up’ regional cities, both existing and emerging. This would allow increasing volumes of passenger and freight traffic to move quickly around the country and improve access to services such as regional hospitals and educational institutions. A real motorway network could include a motorway connection between Wexford and Galway, giving easy access to Cork and Limerick.”


This comes on the back of the Chambers Ireland Executive Forum in Kildare this week, where delegates from across the country met to discuss the key issues of importance to Irish business ahead of Budget 2018. The overwhelming response from the meeting was that Chamber leaders want Government to recognise the important infrastructure challenges facing the economy.


Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said, “Through investment in vital infrastructure projects across the country, Ireland can tackle the major issues facing the economy. Serious deficits in transport and water infrastructure, housing shortages in urban areas and a digital divide in terms of broadband provision all require urgent and adequate investment. This can only be achieved through Government commitment to increase capital spending to at least 4% of GDP. Significant investment in such infrastructure will enable businesses to thrive and keep pace with the demands of our growing economy.” 

Meeting with Mary Lou McDonald TD


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Waterford Chamber welcomed the Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin Ireland, Mary Lou McDonald TD and David Cullinane TD to Chamber offices on 7th July for an open and frank discussion on the challenges and opportunities in Waterford right now.

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