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Ibec’s most prestigious event, thIbec President’s Dinner 2019 took place in September to celebrate the annual handover to a new President. 


More than 800 senior industry leaders representing organisations from across all key sectors of the economy attended as Pat McCann of Dalata Hotel Group took over as Ibec President 2019 - 2020 from Paraic Curtis of TE Medical, TE Connectivity.

We were delighted to be joined on the night by Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, TD, who outlined some of the main challenges facing the Irish economy, namely Brexit, the rise globally of protectionist trade policies and the competitiveness of our corporate tax regime. 

Ibec Director of Employer Relations, Maeve McElwee, delivers the keynote address at the Ibec HR Leadership Summit in Croke Park. 


Her address detailed the key findings of the group's annual HR Update, including the results of a comprehensive new pay and HR trends survey. The survey found that 77% of companies plan to increase basic pay in 2020, with a projected median pay increase of 2.5%, similar to the findings of last year’s survey. Over two-thirds said that their total pay bill would increase next year.

Sister Orla Tracey in conversation with MC Anton Savage at the Ibec HR Leadership Summit 2019. Sr. Tracey spoke of her work in advancing the status of women and the cause of peace in South Sudan.

Ibec was delighted to collaborate with Connect Fertility and host a special briefing for members to discuss how business can better support employees who may be facing fertility challenges.

A huge thank you to our speakers Barbara Nestor, Síle Seoige and Kara McGann for their empowering contributions and to all who engaged with the event.

It is clear that we all have a role to play in starting the conversations on the challenges posed by fertility treatments and its potential impact on our professional lives.

Ibec’s Regional Insights series took place across seven locations during November 2019. The events provided an excellent platform to engage with businesses on the priorities for their organisations and wider regional development and investment issues.


The theme of this year’s events was ‘working sustainably’ and involved a focus on two of Ibec’s flagship policy campaigns – Better Lives, Better Business and Smarter World, Smarter Work.


Pictured are Daire Osborne, Technical Operations Manager, Abbvie; Catherine McManus, Technical Manager, Mowi; and Fergal O'Brien, Ibec Director of Policy and Public Affairs. 

Ireland’s global medtech hub continues to gain ground with more than €529 million of investments by FDI multinationals and funding for startups publicly announced in the past 12 months.


Pictured at Medtech Rising, the group's annual flagship event, are Irish Medtech Association Chair and FIRE1 CEO Conor Hanley; ResMed President Sleep Business Jim Hollingshead; Irish Medtech Association Director Sinead Keogh; and Medtronic VP and GM Medtronic Care Management Services and Non-Intensive Diabetes Therapies Sheri Dodd.

Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the industry, was delighted to announce Keywords Studios as the Technology Ireland Company of the Year 2019 at the group’s recent annual awards ceremony. 

Keywords Studios is the international market leader in global technical and creative services, supporting video game developers and publishers at every stage of the game development life cycle. In 2013, Keywords completed an IPO in London to gain access to capital markets, enabling expansion by acquisition and organic growth from cross-selling of services.


Picture at the awards are Andrew Day, CEO of Keywords Studios; Sharon Higgins, Director of Member Services, Ibec; Una Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology Ireland; and Jonathan Hyland, Chief Technology Officer of Workhuman and Chair of Technology Ireland. 

Retail Ireland Skillnet, the Ibec group that develops and delivers training and education programmes for those in the retail sector, has launched Ireland’s first national apprenticeship programme for the sector. This landmark programme is notable for its 52% female participation rate, compared to an average of just 5% across other apprenticeship schemes in Ireland.


Pictured at the launch is Brian Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer, Maxol; Ewelina O’Reilly, Pharmacy Dispenser at Boots and Apprentice on the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision; and Oran Doherty, Retail Apprenticeship Manager, Ibec.

Financial Services Ireland was delighted to welcome Jay Bregman as the keynote speaker at the 2019 Annual Dinner. This was held in the InterContinental, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Wednesday, 20 November and was kindly sponsored by Accenture.

Jay Bregman is CEO of New York headquartered InsureTech startup Thimble. Originally launched as Verifly in 2016, Thimble arranges on-demand insurance solutions for over 100 small business professions.


Pictured are Sharon Higgins, Director of Member Services, Ibec; Paul Sweetman, Director of FSI; Audrey O'Mahony, MD, Accenture; and Jay Bregman, CEO, Thimble. 


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