In this issue
Firm plan to cut tax, boost investment welcome
Ibec tours the country to debate skills gap
Six steps to support mental health in the workplace
Female leadership not just a women's issue
Recovery brings new manufacturing opportunities
Property shortage undermining competitiveness
EU digital rules must support, not hamper progress
Data protection proposals under negotiation
The skills gap: Making the right connections
 
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Dear member

The clear signal in this week's Spring Statement that further tax cuts are central to the Government's budgetary plans is welcome. Ibec has led the call to reduce the excessive income tax burden, particularly at the marginal rate. The Government's expenditure policies are also broadly sensible, but getting the detail right will be key.

Our
latest upbeat economic forecast suggests the economy will continue to outperform the rest of Europe and grow by an impressive 5.4% this year. A combination of favourable exchange rates, quantitative easing and lower oil prices will result in strong growth this year and next. The task now is to maintain this positive momentum. 

In addition to the state of the national economy, in this issue we also look at the how the skills gap is holding back regional growth, how the growing demand for property means we're seeing prices rise again and why businesses need more women in leadership roles. 

If you have any comments or suggestions please email editor@ibec.ie. We're always keen to hear from you.

Danny McCoy
CEO

Firm plan to cut tax, boost investment welcome
 
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The Government's Spring Economic Statement reflects the realities of an improving economy and provides appropriate scope for tax reductions and spending increases.
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Ibec tours the country to debate skills gap
 
Ibec has just launched is Regional Series for 2015, 'The skills gap: Making the right connections', which will take place around the country throughout May.
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Six steps to support mental health in the workplace
 
To kick off the national Green Ribbon month-long campaign to get Ireland talking openly about mental health, a number of employers will be taking the See Change Pledge.
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Female leadership not just a women's issue
 
Last week I addressed the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis on the importance of gender balance in leadership roles, writes Ibec Director of Corporate Affairs and Policy Mary Rose Burke.
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Recovery brings new manufacturing opportunities
 
Recent economic trends, including the weak euro, mean that Ireland is now an increasingly attractive location as a manufacturing base.
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Property shortage undermining competitiveness
 
As office rents increase and housing supply remains low, the scarcity of property is negatively impacting Ireland’s cost base, writes Property Industry Ireland Director Peter Stafford
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EU digital rules must support, not hamper progress
 
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Ibec has renewed its focus on this key area and established a new Digital Economy Policy Committee.
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Data protection proposals under negotiation
 
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Technology is changing fast, the legal framework around data protection must now catch up
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