Chamber members hoping for good news on jobs front

Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes

SHANNON Chamber members will be hoping for good news on the local industrial front when Industrial Development Authority (IDA) chief executive Martin Shanahan addresses their autumn lunch in Dromoland Castle.

Having reported a strong year to date and halfway through its current ‘winning’ strategy, the IDA boss will visit Shannon on Friday, September 21 to address Shannon Chamber in Dromoland Castle Hotel. 

With 210,000 people now directly employed in foreign-owned companies in Ireland, 14,000 of which are in the Mid-West, Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes said she is more than anxious to see this number increase and is keen to hear how the Chamber and all stakeholders can contribute to making this happen. 

“In many ways, Shannon is a well-kept secret; so many products that impact our lives at many levels are produced here. We need to broadcast this capability and the skill-set that exists here in the region that contributes to making this happen. 

“Having this opportunity to listen to and interact with the chief executive of IDA Ireland is part of this process and it also gives us the opportunity to hear how we are viewed by visiting investment itineraries and areas, perhaps, that we may be weak in and need to re-evaluate. 

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“It’s also an ideal time to take stock as we face into Brexit and look at the types of arrangements companies are making to position themselves to trade in a new economic landscape.

“Ireland is not the only country seeking to capitalise on the inward investment opportunities Brexit may offer and Shannon and the Mid-West has the infrastructure to cater for a wide spread of sectors and is very much open for this type of new business,” Ms Downes added.

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