Press releases

Emergency support needed for devastated sector

18/03/2020 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec representative body for the retail sector in Ireland, today has called for emergency support for the retail sector which is being devastated by closures and mass layoffs due

Emergency support needed for devastated sector

18/03/2020 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec representative body for the retail sector in Ireland, today has called for emergency support for the retail sector which is being devastated by closures and mass layoffs due

Retail sector welcomes increase in contactless payment cap

18/03/2020 - Retail Ireland, the Ibec representative body for the retail sector in Ireland, has welcomed the move by banks to increase the limit on contactless payments from €30 to €50 in order to comply

Retailers call on consumers to purchase responsibly

12/03/2020 - Commenting on the implications of Covid-19, Retail Ireland Director Arnold Dillon said: “While there has been significant elevated demand for certain non-perishable grocery products, supply chains

Garry Moore's outstanding contribution to Medtech recognised

06/12/2019 - The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group which represents the medtech sector, recognised SteriPack Contract Manufacturing founder and CEO Garry Moore, as the winner of the Outstanding

Prepared consumer food sector highlights labour challenge

05/11/2019 - Food Drink Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the food and drink sector, says that while today’s CSO statistic which shows that unemployment has fallen to 4.8% highlights a strong economy, it

Irish Medtech Award 2019 finalists revealed

04/11/2019 - The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland today announced the finalists for Medtech Rising: The Irish Medtech Awards 2019.

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

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