NEWS ARTICLES
 
Risks crystallise as hard Brexit looms
by Arnold Dillon
The increasingly definitive and hard-line position of the UK government to Brexit is a real concern. A UK departure from the EU's Customs Union could seriously disrupt trade between Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic, and damage existing Irish-UK economic relations.
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Analysis: UK sets out Brexit ambition
by Pat Ivory

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has set out 12 objectives for Brexit negotiations which, she claims, amounted to one big goal “a new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the EU”. We take a closer look at what these tell us about where negotiations are heading.
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Brexit demands state aid supports
by Paul Kelly
A new report produced by Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), suggests that the increased likelihood of a hard and disruptive Brexit, and a resultant fracture of the single market, demands a series of exceptions from EU state aid rules for the Irish agri-food and drink sector.
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Irish business and the new US administration
by Fergal O'Brien
Now that the new US administration is under construction, our focus remains strongly on maintaining positive sentiment for the Irish business model in the US.

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Challenges for public and private sector pay
by Maeve Mc Elwee
When it comes to pay, public and private sector employees are facing the same challenges posed by domestic and international economic uncertainties.

We do not live in separate bubbles; we must be aware of the potential for contagion effects arising from headline pay deals done whatever the sector, and the subsequent unrealistic expectations they may create.
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Alcohol Bill- challenges for industry
by Ross MacMathuna
Work by Ibec regarding the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill continued throughout the end of 2016 with increased outreach to members of the Government and opposition.

Read more about the policy asks from ABFI- the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland- to the Government regarding this bill and the challenges it may pose for the drinks sector.
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No silver bullet to tackle obesity
by Colm Jordan
Ibec recently made substantial submissions to Government following a public consultation on the introduction of a Sugar Tax in Ireland. Colm Jordan, Director of the Irish Beverage Council (IBC) outlines the IBC position regarding the Sugar Tax and the negative impact such a tax will have on the beverages industry and the wider economy.

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Infrastructure planning needs an all-Ireland approach
by Fergal O'Brien

The launch of the consultation for the National Planning Framework (Ireland 2040) was welcomed by Ibec when it was announced this month. The business community must now work with the Government to ensure its success.

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Action Plan for Jobs
by Gerard Brady

The new Government Action Plan for Jobs 2017 addresses some of the new challenges arising from Brexit for the Irish economy and business, but a clearer prioritisation of policy and resources is needed from Government to help weather the Brexit storm.

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SFA business awards finalists
by Linda Barry

The finalists of the 13th annual Small Firms Association (SFA) National Small Business Awards have been announced.

Read on to find out more about the companies selected and details of the gala awards ceremony, taking place on 1st of March.

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Ibec tribute to TK Whitaker
Ibec CEO Danny McCoy gave tribute to former public servant and economist TK Whitaker who passed away earlier this year. Often described as a key architect of modern Ireland's business success, he was central to the establishment of the economic foundations upon which business in modern Ireland now operate and thrive. He leaves a business legacy of promoting free trade, internationalisation and a prosperous all-island economy.
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Photos: Ibec's recent events

View a selection of photo's of Ibec's most recent events, including an address of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to Ibec.
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EVENTS
 
Ibec Business Leaders Conference 2017

The Ibec Business Leaders conference is taking place this year on Thursday, 09 March in the Convention Centre, Dublin.


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Ireland-U.S. Economic Business Summit
The Ireland-U.S. Economic Relations Business Summit will take place in New York on Wednesday 15  and Thursday16 March.
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National Workplace Wellbeing Day
Ireland’s third National Workplace Wellbeing Day takes place on Friday, 31 March 2017.
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