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In February, Ibec was delighted to host An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD in our Dublin office.

 

In a detailed exchange, Mr Varadkar addressed a range of business concerns. These included: Ireland’s response to a possible ‘no deal’ Brexit, how to better attract and retain talent, carbon tax policy, third-level funding, regional investment and corporate tax policy. A video of the session is available to view here.

Last week brought Ibec to Brussels where we hosted 300 guests at our annual St. Patrick's Day event. Amongst the guests were Michel Barnier and Antonio Tajani, President of European Parliament, along with EU commissioners, MEPs from a number of member states, business and media stakeholders. 

 

To stay up to date with the latest Ibec insights into Brexit, head to our dedicated Brexit website.

In Washington DC, Ibec was delighted to host over 80 companies - both US and Irish - at a special event in partnership with Accenture, at which we heard from guest speakers White House Adviser Gail Slater and Ireland's Attorney General Seamus Woulfe.

Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director of Accenture Ireland, addresses delegates at the special Ibec-Accenture event in Washington DC. 
Pictured at the Washington DC event are Colin Crowell, Head of Global Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter; Gail Slater, Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy at the White House National Economic Council; and Johnny Harte, McCormick Distilling International. 
Pictured at the Washington DC event are Mac McKeen, MBA, RAC. Regulatory Fellow at Boston Scientific Corporation; Anne O'Leary, CEO Vodafone Ireland; and Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director of Accenture Ireland.
Meagan McCanna, Senior Manager, Federal Affairs and Engagement at Airbnb, at the Washington DC event. 
Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director of Accenture Ireland; Nathaniel Tipton, Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Stryker; and Gerry Amann, General Counsel & Secretary, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Accenture Federal Services at the Washinton DC event. 
Pictured at the St. Patrick's Day reception in the White House are Dalton Philips, Chief Executive DAA; Danny McCoy, CEO Ibec; and Paraic Curtis,  Ibec President and VP of TE Medical.

Ibec was delighted to recently host some of Ireland's leading female business and political stakeholders for a special Gender Pay Gap briefing.

Gender pay gap reporting is one part of a much-needed wider strategy to address female participation rates and employment gaps between genders. It will not on its own identify or solve the myriad of structural, cultural and policy causes for these differences, but it is a critical and welcome element.

To learn more about Ibec's ongoing work on gender pay gap reporting, download our guide, "Mind the Gap: An introduction to gender pay gap reporting".

Pictured at the briefing are Kate O'Connell TD; Aoife McFadden, Ibec Employment Law Solicitor; and Frances Fitzgerald TD.

The BBC's political broadcaster Andrew Marr was the keynote speaker at the Ibec Business Leaders Conference 2019, where he addressed what the UK's new relationship with the world might look like post-Brexit, and what the implications for Irish business may be.

 

Listen back to his address on the Ibec Podcast. He is pictured here with Ibec President and VP of TE Medical, Paraic Curtis, and Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy.

For over four years of the Brexit debate, Ibec has been working with the Irish Cabinet, Government officials in Dublin and Brussels, and subsequently with Michel Barnier’s team, to deliver the best possible outcome.

 

Earlier this month, Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. engaged with Ibec members in our Dublin office, providing insights into the latest Brexit developments.

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group the represents the food and drink industries, has launched a new report that shows the decreases in sugar and saturated fat in Irish diets between 2005 and 2017 as a result of voluntary undertakings by food and drink companies.

 

Pictured at the launch of the report, entitled “The Evolution of Food and Drink in Ireland, 2005 – 2017”, were Dr. Pamela Byrne, CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI); Cronan McNamara, CEO and Founder of Creme Global; and Linda Stuart-Trainor, Director of Prepared Consumer Foods in FDI.

 

The Small Firms Association (SFA), has launched a new online platform as part of its National Grow, Scale, Succeed campaign to empower small firms to recruit and retain the right people.

 

To learn more about the platform, click here.

In a special edition episode to celebrate International WomensDay 2019, we were joined on the Ibec Podcast by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Anne Heraty CEO, Cpl Resources and Kara McGann, Ibec, to discuss dealing with everyday sexism and flexibility in the workplace and what more needs to be done to achieve better gender balance. 

 

Tune in here.

 

In partnership with the Data Protection Commission, we held a special Brexit members' event that explored what a ‘No Deal’ outcome would mean for data compliance for Irish businesses. 

 

For insights into what was discussed at the event, click here. It outlined the governance of personal data transfers by organisations from the Republic of Ireland to the UK in a potential ‘no-deal Brexit’ scenario and provides related background information. It is intended as general information and not detailed legal advice.

Future medical technology investment by Galway based Aerogen will be supported by a EUR 30 million loan agreed with the European Investment Bank highlighted at the first sector focused EIB-Ibec financing workshop.

 

At a special event in Galway this month, representatives from 80 medtech companies from Galway and elsewhere in Ireland heard how new financial products can address challenges holding back innovation related investment and ensure expansion opportunities are not lost.

 

Pictured at the event are Ibec Senior Public Sector and Regulatory Executive, Aidan Sweeney; Director of Irish Medtech Association, Sinead Keogh; European Investment Bank Vice President, Andrew McDowell; and Aerogen CEO and Founder, John Power. 

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