Press releases

Decision not to ban gas exploration welcome

05/07/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today said the decision by Government to halt the progress of the Climate Emergency Measures Bill was sensible given the important role that natural

Small business sentiment slumps in first half of 2019

04/07/2019 - Confidence among small business owners has slumped, according to the latest ‘Small Business Sentiment Survey’ report from the Small Firms Association (SFA), published today. Only 45% of SFA

Mercosur to bring opportunity; impacted sectors need support

03/07/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today has said that the recent announcement of the agreement in principle of the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement should see businesses across the

Government's focus must shift to small, indigenous business

27/06/2019 - At the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle today, Thursday 27 June, the Small Firms Association (SFA) called on Government to shift its focus from multinationals to small, indigenous

Reform commercial rates with new collection model

26/06/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today called for reform of the collection of commercial rates through the introduction of a new centralised or shared service collection model similar

Business has big role to play in combatting climate change

17/06/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed the publication of the Government’s new Climate Action Plan. The new strategy is a bold statement of intent and represents a

Businesses told that culture change needed - KeepWell Summit

13/06/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today held its annual KeepWell Summit in Croke Park. The 300 businesses in attendance at this flagship event heard from industry leaders on the means

Irish Medtech Association launch major survey results

13/06/2019 - The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the sector, today revealed the results of major survey on advanced manufacturing at the “Manufacturing the Future Conference 2019”, at

Irish Medtech Association launch “The Medtech Entrepreneur”

07/06/2019 - Today for the fifth annual European Medtech Week the Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the sector, has launched “The Medtech Entrepreneur”. This is a special publication

Medtech on the rise

06/06/2019 - “In the past 25 years, the medtech sector has gone from a burgeoning industry to a global powerhouse,” says Irish Medtech Association Chair and FIRE1 CEO Conor Hanley. “In that time, the number

Latest OECD/G20 BEPS tax report significant - Ibec

31/05/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today noted the publication of the OECD/G20 BEPS programme of work for global tax reform. The group said that the proposals, if implemented, would

Ibec welcomes Balance for Better Business report

29/05/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today congratulated Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton T.D, and members of the Balance for Better Business

Minister launches BioPharmaChem Ireland’s new strategy

29/05/2019 - Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys today launched “Ireland – the Global BioPharmaChem Location of Choice”, the 5 year strategy of BioPharmaChem Ireland (BPCI), the

Ireland needs to build a new low carbon economy – Ibec

27/05/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, is pleased to announce the launch of a major new report, ‘Building a competitive low carbon economy – An Irish business roadmap to 2050’ (see

BioPharmaChem Ireland celebrates 25 years

23/05/2019 - BioPharmaChem Ireland (BPCI), the Ibec group that represents Biopharmaceutical and Chemical Manufacturing, celebrated 25 years in existence at its annual general meeting in Dublin, on Thursday, 23

Rising personal injury awards threatening retail sector

22/05/2019 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, has today said that it is vital for retailers that proposed amendments to the Judicial Council Bill 2017 are now agreed by

Ibec reaction to the death of Howard Kilroy

18/05/2019 - Reacting to the news of the passing of Howard Kilroy, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: "Often described as a central architect to the global success of the now Smurfit Kappa Group, Howard's assured

Irish Medtech proudly supports Irish Powerchair team

17/05/2019 - The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, is proud to be the lead sponsor of the Republic of Ireland Powerchair Football Squad ahead of 2019 European

Minister Bruton launches 2019 gum litter campaign

16/05/2019 - Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, has today officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign in Raheny Village, Dublin. The

Encouraging start to 2019 for Irish retail

15/05/2019 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, today published its latest Retail Monitor. The report details that sales values grew by 4.7% in the first quarter of the year when compared

UK market access must be priority for food & drink industry

10/05/2019 - Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food and drink sector, says that maintaining full unfettered access to the UK market must be a Brexit priority for Government. Ireland’s

Irish-UK agreement on Common Travel Area welcome

08/05/2019 - Ibec, the group that represent Irish business, today welcomed the signing of a formal agreement between the Irish and UK governments that provides for the continuation of key aspects of the

JBC welcomes fresh round of talks in Northern Ireland

08/05/2019 - The Ibec/CBI Joint Business Council (JBC) has welcomed the start of a fresh round of talks between political leaders. The JBC urges politicians on all sides to restore the devolved power-sharing

Ibec welcomes National Broadband Plan announcement

07/05/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed today’s announcement from Government on the National Broadband Plan (NBP), citing the delivery of high-speed broadband as vital for the

Ibec launches Local Elections 2019 campaign in Limerick

01/05/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today launched a major new Local Elections 2019 campaign. At a special briefing event in Limerick, the group outlined the key priorities in these

Ibec launches European Parliament elections 2019 campaign

29/04/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, will today (Monday) launch a major European Parliament election campaign at a breakfast to be addressed by former President of the Parliament Pat Cox.

Ibec reaction to death of Feargal Quinn

25/04/2019 - Reacting to news of the death of Feargal Quinn, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “Feargal will be remembered as pioneer of Irish retail, a dedicated Senator and strong advocate of Irish business at home

Female participation rates rise but more needed

24/04/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed Eurostat statistics on female labour market participation in 2018. In the main participating age category, 25-54 years, female

Ibec welcomes launch of career guidance review

24/04/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed commitments in the Independent Review of Career Guidance Tools and Information to have greater engagement with enterprise, enhanced

Parental Leave Bill a cause for concern for business

23/04/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, notes the announcement today of the General Scheme of the Parental Leave and Benefit Bill 2019. Whilst welcoming aspects of the legislation, there is

Buoyant investment drives Irish economy in Q1 2019

17/04/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook Q1 2019 which forecasts GDP growth of 4% in 2019. This strong growth is based on the back of

Brexit delay and avoidance of ‘no deal’ welcome - Ibec / CBI

11/04/2019 - The Ibec/CBI Joint Business Council (JBC) today welcomed the European Council decision to extend the Brexit deadline until October 31st to avoid a ‘no deal’ UK exit. Leaving the EU without a deal

Brexit delay leaves business with uncertainty costs

11/04/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed the extension of the Brexit deadline until the end of October, agreed by EU leaders in Brussels, which avoids a catastrophic ‘no

Ibec commends Oireachtas work on Climate Action

29/03/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, commends the work of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action. In the circumstances, the committee has achieved some success in taking the

Small businesses welcome the Future Growth Loan Scheme

27/03/2019 - The Small Firms Association (SFA), today welcomed the launch by the Government of the Future Growth Loan Scheme. SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens stated “The UK’s vote to leave the EU has

€300m future growth loan scheme for SMEs & farmers welcomed

27/03/2019 - Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group representing the food and drink sector, has welcomed today’s announcement of a €300m future growth loan scheme for SMEs and farmers. Paul Kelly, FDI

SFA welcomes UK vote for Article 50 extension

15/03/2019 - Responding the to the UK Parliament’s vote on the possible Article 50 extension SFA Director Sven Spollen-Behrens said: “A long extension to the Article 50 process is now needed to safeguard

Winners of inaugural KeepWell Awards announced

15/03/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has announced the winners for The KeepWell Awards, held in The Round Room at The Mansion House. Presented by sportsman and mental health advocate,

Proposed tariffs a massive threat to Irish meat exports

13/03/2019 - Meat Industry Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, has said that the UK Government’s proposed approach on tariffs and import quotas in a No-Deal Hard Brexit scenario presents a

UK proposed tariffs threatens Irish meat exports

13/03/2019 - Meat Industry Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the meat processing sector in Ireland, has said that the UK Government’s proposed approach on tariffs and import quotas in a No-Deal Hard

Long extension now needed - Brexit reaction

12/03/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today expressed deep concern at the inability of the UK government to ratify the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. The group said a long extension was now

More clarity needed on ‘no deal’ Brexit obligation

12/03/2019 - The Prepared Consumer Foods (PCF) sector within Food Drink Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the food and drink sector, has highlighted the need for clarity for food exporters and importers as

National Small Business awards winners announced

08/03/2019 - Finalists from over 14 counties gathered in the RDS Concert Hall last night for the Small Firms Association National Small Business Awards 2019. The awards celebrate the achievements of small

Special Ibec / European Investment Bank event in Galway

08/03/2019 - 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

BioPharmaChem Ireland urges Government investment

07/03/2019 - Addressing the Institute of Chemical Engineers Dinner in Cork, Ibec’s Director of BioPharmaChem Ireland (BPCI), Matt Moran urged Government to prioritise investment in the manufacture of Advanced

Ibec launches National Workplace Wellbeing Day

07/03/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, is delighted to be launching Ireland’s fifth National Workplace Wellbeing Day, taking place on Friday, 12th April 2019. Public and private sector

Welcome commitments in Action Plan for Education

07/03/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed commitments in the Action Plan for Education 2019 to strengthen the apprenticeship system, promote lifelong learning and reform how the

Ibec propose three new policy solutions for changing economy

26/02/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has said that Ireland’s business model is undergoing significant change with three distinct economic cycles now evident. The greater complexity of

Dairy state aid pilot welcomed

22/02/2019 - Dairy Industry Ireland, the Ibec group representing Ireland’s dairy processing industry, has warmly welcomed the confirmation by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather

Ibec reacts to Brexit Omnibus Bill

22/02/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed the publication of the Government’s Brexit Omnibus Bill, particularly the new VAT measures to relieve major cash flow issues that will

Audiovisual Ireland wishes Irish nominees Oscar success

21/02/2019 - Audiovisual Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the audiovisual sector, wishes Oscars success this weekend to Element Pictures, an Irish film production company, and their film 'The Favourite',

Shortlist for inaugural KeepWell Awards Ceremony revealed

21/02/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today announced the finalists for The KeepWell Awards to be held in the Mansion House, Dublin on 14 March. The award ceremony recognises and

UK agrifood tariffs a €400m threat Irish dairy exports

21/02/2019 - Dairy Industry Ireland, the Ibec group that represents primary and secondary dairy processors in Ireland, has said that the UK government needs to appreciate the severe economic, social and

UK, NI and Irish Retailers in Stark ‘No Deal’ Brexit Warning

21/02/2019 - The leading retail bodies in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom have come together to issue a stark warning on how a ‘No Deal’ Brexit will affect shoppers in Ireland and the UK. With

New report details progress of food & drink reformulation

20/02/2019 - Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group the represents the food and drink industries, today launched a new report (see attached) that shows the decreases in sugar and saturated fat in Irish diets

Ibec welcomes latest CSO jobs numbers

19/02/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed today's strong jobs numbers published by the CSO. The final year figures show that in 2018 employment increased by 2.9%. Ibec Economist

Tariff stabilisation fund needed in “No Deal” Brexit

19/02/2019 - Food Drink Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the food and drink sector, has called for a tariff stabilisation fund to help agrifood exporters offset the impact of UK tariffs in the event of a

Protecting GFA & all-island economy paramount - Ibec

15/02/2019 - At today’s All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin Castle, Ibec stressed that the vital needs of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, the Peace Process and the continuing functioning of the

North Runway project key to sustaining economic prosperity

14/02/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has said that a second runway at Dublin Airport and expansions to other airports are needed if we are to maintain Ireland’s economic prosperity. It

Welcome announcement on Munster Technological University

13/02/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the announcement that Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee have submitted a formal application to seek

New Medtech Chair to prioritise startups & connected health

12/02/2019 - The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the sector, has announced FIRE1 CEO Conor Hanley as Chair of the association and S3 Connected Health’s CEO John O’Brien as Vice Chair.

Sales uplift masks footfall decline - Retail Ireland

12/02/2019 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, today published its latest Retail Monitor. The report (see attached) details that sales values grew by 2.7% in the fourth quarter of last

350 businesses gather for “Business Connect” summit

07/02/2019 - The Small Firms Association is today bringing over 350 small and large businesses together at a special event in the Aviva Stadium. “Business Connect” provides a platform for companies to learn

Ibec's Audiovisual Ireland applauds Irish Oscar nominees

22/01/2019 - Audiovisual Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the audiovisual sector, congratulates Element Pictures, an Irish film production company, and their film 'The Favourite' and Cartoon Saloon, an

Lack of ambition for Midlands in draft regional strategies

18/01/2019 - Businesses across the Midland have voiced their concerns over the lack of ambition for the region in the recently published draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES) produced for both

SFA launches Grow, Scale, Succeed online platform

17/01/2019 - The Small Firms Association (SFA), today 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. Sven

Medtech industry welcomes new graduates

16/01/2019 - The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, along with the University of Limerick, celebrated the graduation of the Springboard+ funded Bachelor of Science in

Ibec/CBI Northern Ireland warn against ‘no deal’ Brexit

15/01/2019 - In advance of the Westminster Brexit vote, Ireland and Northern Ireland’s leading business groups warned that a ‘no deal’ outcome would have devastating economic consequences for the all-island

Major planning report launched by Ibec

15/01/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published Better Planning: reforms for sustainable development as part of its ongoing Better Lives, Better Business campaign to make Ireland a

Risks on the rise in 2019

07/01/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook Q4 2018 (attached), which forecasts GDP growth of 4.1% in 2019. A positive outlook is expected

Golden Globe nominations show strength of Irish film sector

04/01/2019 - Audiovisual Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the audiovisual sector, wishes Element Pictures, an Irish production company, and their film 'The Favourite' success at the Golden Globes on

Exchequer returns welcomed by Ibec

03/01/2019 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed the Exchequer returns which show that the Government ran a surplus last year. Commenting on Exchequer receipts Ibec Economist Alison Wrynn

Small firms cautious as they enter 2019

02/01/2019 - The mood amongst the small business community at the start of 2019 is cautious, according to the latest ‘Small Business Sentiment Survey’ report from the Small Firms Association (SFA), published

Retailers hoping for strong finish to Christmas trade

26/12/2018 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, today said that the next few days would be crucial in determining if Christmas 2018 would meet earlier positive expectations.

Extended Brexit transition required, including for ‘no deal’

20/12/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today noted the contingency plans for a ‘no deal’ Brexit published by the European Commission and Government, and urged them to work collectively to

Galway City Ring Road vital for region’s future

13/12/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has said that the N6 Galway City Ring Road is vital for the region’s future. Ibec West Regional President Maureen Walsh said: “Traffic congestion is

National Account figures from CSO welcomed

13/12/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed the National Accounts figures published today by the CSO, which suggest Ireland’s economy is on track to record growth in excess of 7% this

Labour availability now a critical issue for agri-food

11/12/2018 - Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food and drink sector, today published its quarterly Business Monitor (see attached pdf), highlighting how the sector needs to attract

Ibec calls for escalation of Brexit ‘no deal’ planning`

10/12/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today called on Government and the EU to escalate Brexit ‘no deal’ contingency planning, following the decision of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to

Move to reduce waiting times for work permits welcomed

10/12/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed the introduction of measures to reduce the current waiting times for employment permits both for applications from Trusted Partners and for

Ibec welcomes EcoFin move on digital tax

04/12/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed developments at today’s EcoFin Council which suggests growing support for solving the challenges of taxation in a rapidly digitising economy

Average household to spend over €2,690 in shops at Christmas

03/12/2018 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, today published its Christmas Retail Monitor 2018 (see attached pdf) that predicts the Irish household will spend an average of €2,690 in

N28 Ringaskiddy upgrade vital for Cork’s future – Ibec

30/11/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has said that the progression of key infrastructure projects is vital for Cork’s future and to enhance growth and job opportunities in the region.

Sue O’Neill re-elected as Chair of Small Firms Association

29/11/2018 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) is pleased to announce that Sue O’Neill has been re-elected as Chair by the SFA National Council, for a 2-year term. Sue O’Neill has served as the Association’s

Code of Conduct for lobbyists a positive step - Ibec

28/11/2018 - The introduction by the Standards in Public Office Commission of a Code of Conduct for persons carrying out lobbying activity provides greater clarity on process for lobbyists and is another

Spend locally this Small Business Saturday - SFA

28/11/2018 - The Small Firms Association has called for 1 December 2018 to be ‘Small Business Saturday’ and has called on shoppers across the country to support small businesses in their communities. SFA

LearnUpon named Technology Ireland Company of the Year 2018

24/11/2018 - LearnUpon was today named Technology Ireland Company of the Year at the annual Technology Ireland Awards at the Mansion House, Dublin. Technology Ireland is the Ibec group that represents the

Retailers prepare for busy Black Friday

23/11/2018 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, today said that retailers are preparing for a busy Black Friday weekend as consumers flock to stores all over the country in search

FDI: Challenges & solutions to plastic packaging

21/11/2018 - Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food and drink industries, today hosted an industry briefing on the future of plastic packaging and reaffirmed its commitment to the

Draft Brexit deal welcome; Challenges for retailers remain

20/11/2018 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, has welcomed the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement as a very important achievement that establishes the potential for an orderly UK

Ibec welcomes latest CSO employment figures

20/11/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed today's strong jobs numbers published by the CSO. In Q3 2018, employment increased by 3% compared to the same period in 2017 with 66,700 more

Ibec/CBI NI Joint Business Council: Brexit statement

17/11/2018 - The Ibec/CBI NI Joint Business Council today broadly welcomes the Withdrawal Agreement which includes details on EU worker’s rights, a transition period, the UK’s financial settlement and a

Welcome momentum towards draft Brexit withdrawal agreement

14/11/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the momentum towards the draft EU-UK Brexit withdrawal agreement and is keenly awaiting further details of the text. The group

Ibec publishes latest Economic Outlook report

12/11/2018 - Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook Q3 2018 (attached), which forecasts strong growth of 4.5% in 2019 following growth of 7.8% in

Strong Q3 sales growth sparks hope for Christmas period

09/11/2018 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, today published its latest Retail Monitor. The report details that sales values grew by 3.9% in the third quarter of the year compared to

EU reforms make Medtech Regulatory Affairs graduates vital

02/11/2018 - The Irish Medtech Association Skillnet with the Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, along with NUI Galway and IT Sligo highlighted the importance of

Laboratory Apprenticeships launched by Minister Bruton

02/11/2018 - The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. today (Friday the 2nd of November) launched two new apprenticeship schemes for BioPharmaChem Ireland, the

80% of companies plan to increase basic pay in 2019

25/10/2018 - In advance of Ibec’s HR Leadership Summit in Croke Park today, Ibec published its annual HR Update 2018 including the results of a comprehensive new pay and resourcing survey. The Ibec HR Update

FDI welcomes vote in European Parliament

25/10/2018 - Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food sector, has welcomed today’s vote by a big majority in the European Parliament to begin negotiations with the other European

Finalists named for Technology Ireland 2018 Awards

25/10/2018 - 37 entries from companies and organisations have been shortlisted for the Technology Ireland Industry Awards 2018. Technology Ireland, alongside award platinum sponsors VHI Healthcare, gold sponsors

Retail Ireland welcomes new online supports for retailers

24/10/2018 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, today welcomed the official opening for applications of a new online scheme aimed at supporting small retailers establish and

Brexit may jeopardise patient access to medical devices

23/10/2018 - The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, warned ahead of the Global Access 2018 conference in Galway later this week that the EU is running out of time to

IFSC pivotal to urban regeneration of Dublin - FSI

19/10/2018 - Financial Services Ireland (FSI), the Ibec group representing the financial services sector in Ireland, today highlighted the significant economic contribution the IFSC has made to the city of

Significant tax changes needed to support small business

18/10/2018 - Launching the Small Firms Association’s new campaign - A Supportive Tax Environment for Small Firms - in collaboration with PKF O’Connor, Leddy & Holmes, Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, said:

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