Image: Allan Shine – CEO North Kildare Chamber and Helen Downes – CEO Shannon Chamber.

A delegation from the Irish Chamber of Commerce Network, led by Chambers Ireland today (12/10/2016) met with key officials from across the European Commission to discuss matters of importance to the Irish business community.


With representation from Chambers of Commerce across Ireland, the objective of the trip was to highlight the need for the European Commission to proactively engage with the business community, particularly SMEs, on issues like trade, innovation, skills and regulation.


Speaking in Brussels today, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “Following on from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, it is now more important than ever for the voice of Irish business to be heard in Brussels. While we are steadfast in our belief that Ireland’s economic future can only be secured if it remains at the heart of a strong Europe, we also believe that the EU must evolve and adapt in these changing times. The voice of business must be listened to.”


“The Chamber Network briefed various European decision makers on the key concerns of Irish business. Even with the highest rates of growth in the EU, we are a small open economy and we are considerably exposed to external forces and the uncertainty stemming from Brexit. We must ensure that the European Commission continues to support growth, job creation and innovation.”


Allan Shine, Chief Executive of North Kildare Chamber and the Chamber President, Vivian Cummins led the Kildare delegation. Allan Shine said “We are delighted to be part of this Chamber delegation to Brussels.  Issues that are continually highlighted by our members that need EU influence include skills, SME financial supports and trade within the EU.  As part of the day’s itinerary, we have met with the Irish Ambassador to the European Union, representatives from the Irish Regions Office, DG Trade, DG Growth and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME).