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"While new technology will create many new quality jobs, some jobs will inevitably go. We need to actively plan for this reality". 


Ibec has launched a major new national campaign - Smarter World, Smarter Work - which calls for a range of reforms to position Ireland for major labour market changes.


Marking the launch of the Smarter World, Smarter Work campaign at Trinity College Dublin are: Claire McGee, Senior Innovation & Education Policy Executive; Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations; Edel Creely, Ibec President and MD of Trilogy Technologies; and Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub and Chair of the Irish Research Council.

We were delighted to be joined in Ibec this morning by Gail Slater, Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy at the White House National Economic Council.


Many thanks to Gail for an insightful briefing on US positioning and developments on the major digital themes facing the international business community.

Ibec’s Irish Medtech Association, along with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, recently launched Medtech Rising: The Irish Medtech Awards 2018.


The Irish medtech sector has become an important driver of jobs growth right across the country, with strong clusters in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Dublin, Sligo and Waterford.


Pictured launching Medtech Rising (L-R): Bausch + Lomb Waterford Site Lead, Mark Hennessy; Irish Medtech Association Director, Sinead Keogh; Enterprise Ireland, Senior Development Advisor, Life Sciences Department, John Shiel; and IDA Ireland Head of Medical Technologies, Rachel Shelly.

Ibec's international outreach continued this month as we welcomed David Lidington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster & Minister for the Cabinet Office, to Ibec offices for an engaging exchange of views on Brexit.


For the latest Ibec insights on Brexit, go to are dedicated Brexit website.


Pictured are: Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland; Paraic Curtis, Ibec President; Cabinet Office minister David Lidington; Ibec CEO Danny McCoy


Ireland has developed a world class capability in aircraft leasing over several decades and is now the recognised global leader in the industry.


This is a significant achievement for the country and we are delighted to announce the establishment of a new representative body, Aircraft Leasing Ireland (ALI), to ensure that Ireland retains its number one position globally. ALI is a constituent part of Financial Services Ireland (Ibec), the only trade association that represents the totality of the financial services sector in Ireland.


To learn more, check out their website.


Pictured are Ibec CEO Danny McCoy; FSI Senior Executive with EU Responsibility, Audrey Crummy; Chair of ALI and COO of SMBC Aviation Capital, David Swan; Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD; and CCO of GECAS, Declan Kelly. 

Ibec's ambition is to make Ireland a better place to live and work.

Our recently published Local Economic Indicators report provides insights for every county in Ireland for future policy planning in relation to eight categories: population, housing, skills, broadband, travel / commuting, tourism, local enterprise development and local government finances.


Pictured are the authors of the report, Ibec Policy Executive, Alan Dempsey; and Ibec Senior Public Sector and Regulatory Executive, Aidan Sweeney. 

Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology met with political representatives in the South East today to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University (TU) in the region.


A university would assist in attracting high quality FDI investment, while assisting existing industries in attracting and retaining high quality and specialist senior staff, which is a challenge facing many businesses right now.


Pictured at the meeting are Ibec South-East Director John Farrell; Chief Executive, Arrabawn, Conor Ryan; Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael D'Arcy TD; and President of the Institute of Technology Carlow, Dr Patricia Mulcahy. 

We were delighted to be joined in Ibec by the new President of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), John Allan, to set out business concerns and provide an update on how companies are responding to developments in Brexit talks.


An outcome that puts jobs first is required and Ibec has recently briefed MPs in Westminster on the Irish business perspective. The UK Parliament could yet play a pivotal role in reducing the economic harm of Brexit. We remain in regular contact with the main UK political parties on the issue.


Pictured below are Ibec President and SVP and GM of TE Medical, Paraic Curtis, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy, CBI President John Allan, and former Ibec President Edel Creely.

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