With a little over two weeks to polling day, IBEC is continuing to actively campaign nationwide to secure a Yes vote. Here is a selection of the events we've held over the first two weeks of the campaign.
On Tuesday 1 May, members of ICT Ireland said that a Yes vote in the upcoming Stability Treaty referendum was needed to keep Ireland connected to investment and opportunities. The group - represented by Senior executives from leading technology companies, including Fujitsu, HP, IBM, SAP, Commscope, Microsoft, Storm Technology, Trilogy Technologies, Oracle, Ericsson, EMC and BT - met with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to give its support for a YES vote in the upcoming Fiscal Stability Treaty referendum.
Donegal business leaders have come out in support of a YES vote in the upcoming Fiscal Stability Treaty referendum. Pictured at a meeting on Friday 4 May organised by IBEC North West were (l to r) Rozanne Begley, Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Sean Carlin, IBEC Retail Skillnet, Jim White, Abbey Hotel, Joe McHugh TD, Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children, Terry MacNamara, IBEC, Peter Mulrine, P Mulrine & Sons, Senator Jimmy Harte, Lynn Temple, Magee & Company and Deirdre McGlone, Harvey’s Point Country Hotel.
Ireland's entire business community came together on Wednesday 9 May to launch 'Business for Ireland' at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin and called for an emphatic YES vote in the upcoming Stability Treaty referendum. The new group, which is made up of 76 business groups from right across the country, representing the entire spectrum of the Irish economy, was joined at the event by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Pictured at the launch were Fleur Creed, President at Wexford Chamber of Commerce and Director and Principal at Genesis Business College, Senator Feargal Quinn, Vice President of European retailing body EuroCommerce and Louise Phelan, Vice President Global Operations EMEA, PayPal.
On Thursday 10 May IBEC met with the Vice-President of the European Commission Olli Rehn in Brussels to discuss IBEC’s proposals for new EU measures to support growth. In addition to the sensible budgetary rules set out in the Stability Treaty, we believe additional steps should be taken to boost investment and job creation. IBEC called for an increased role for the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the reallocation of EU structural funds to tackle youth unemployment. During our time in Brussels, we had the opportunity to meet with Irish MEPs on the campaign and held a briefing for the Brussels-based Irish media.
Retail Ireland on Thursday 10 May said ratification was important if consumer confidence is to be restored and the domestic economy is to return to growth. Over 260,000 people are employed in the Irish retail sector, but the sector has been hit hard by the economic crisis. Pictured are Frank Gleeson, Topaz and PJ timmins, Clerys.
On Friday 11 May the Irish Medical Devices Association was joined by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD at the Cook Medical facility in Limerick. The group said a Yes vote was necessary to help Ireland's exporters continue driving economic growth. Ireland's med-tech sector has €7.3bn worth of exports every year and employs 25,000. 50% of the med-tech companies in Ireland are indigenous.
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