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Taoiseach Visit 2019

Following an invitation by Waterford Chamber, An Taoiseach Leo Varadker met with representatives of the business community at a private meeting on his visit to Waterford, where he was presented with five critical issues to the future development of the Waterford City Region, including Health Care, the Technological University, Waterford Airport, required infrastructure and upgrading the road network.

Pictured welcoming An Taoiseach to the Waterford Chamber offices are Michael Walsh, Chief Executive, Waterford Council; Waterford Chamber President, Kathryn Kiely and Gerald Hurley, CEO, Waterford Chamber. Photo: Leo Murphy Photography

Chambers Call for Strong Voter TurnoutAhead of local and European elections taking place on 24 May, Chambers Ireland, as the national voice of Ireland’s largest business network, launches the “Our Time To Vote” campaign. The campaign calls on voters to support candidates who are committed to realising a long-term vision for our communities by improving planning, investing in our cities and regions and supporting how we transition to a resilient low carbon economy.

Speaking this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot calls on the business community to engage with candidates and turn out to vote on 24 May.

“Although they have the largest franchise, Local and European elections aren’t prioritised in the same way as general elections and turn-out is often low. Today, with the support of our Network of 41 chambers, we are launching the “Our Time To Vote” campaign in an effort to give these elections the attention they merit.

Our members want to see sustainable communities thrive in locally vibrant economic environments, but in order to achieve this, we need to elect representatives who share this vision. Our goal in this campaign is to help educate Chamber members and voters as to the importance of these institutions and encourage them to turn out to vote.

Local government make decisions on housing, transport and infrastructure, and these decisions shape our daily lives. More significantly, decisions that are made at European level dictate the choices our governments can make across a wide range of issues, from trade to agriculture to regulation. We must not underestimate the opportunity we have before us on the 24 May to elect representatives who will work to build a prosperous, sustainable Ireland.

We encourage every eligible person in the country to ensure that they are registered to vote, and then to vote on polling day 24 May itself. Every adult, legally resident in Ireland, can vote in at least one of the upcoming elections. The deadline for voter registration is this Tuesday, 7 May. This is Our Time to Vote.”

workforce ireland south east event 2019Attracting and retaining talent is a growing concern for industry across Ireland. As one of the five key pillars in the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland 2019 report, enhancing skills and developing and attracting talent is recognised as a significant contributor to securing Ireland’s economic success.

The challenge of attracting and retaining talent will be addressed at the upcoming Workforce Ireland 2019 seminar, jointly hosted by Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet, County Tipperary Skillnet and Wexford Chamber Skillnet. The seminar takes place on Wednesday, 22 May at Mount Juliet Estate.

The event will be facilitated by one of Ireland’s foremost trainers Michael Cox of MCX Training and Development and will feature a number of keynote speakers throughout the morning, including Michael’s presentation on ‘Theory into Action’.

At Workforce Ireland 2019, Paul Healy, Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland will discuss how we can ‘Address Current and Future Skills Shortages’. Speaking on the importance of having a strong workforce, Healy said At Workforce Ireland 2019, Paul Healy, Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland will discuss how we can ‘Address Current and Future Skills Shortages’. Speaking on the importance of having a strong workforce, Healy said:

"Fostering a skilled and educated workforce is critical for strengthening Ireland’s competitiveness and sustaining our future success. The world of work is transforming, and the pace of technological development is redefining the future of economies globally. This presents challenges but also new possibilities - many job roles will be redefined, and emerging job roles will require new and different skillsets. Businesses need to consider new ways of attracting and retaining talent by becoming flexible, innovative and adaptable. I am delighted that a number of Skillnet Networks have joined together to bring this expert event to businesses in the South East.” 

David Cooney, Associate Director with Morgan McKinley, will speak on ‘The South-East as part of Ireland Inc – Attracting Talent to our Business Unit’ Other topics throughout the half day seminar include Staff Retention with Brian Cleary of Acorn Regulatory; Recruitment with Dr Karen O’Connor, Datapac; Learning & Development with Elaine Hayes, Zurich; Spending your Training Budget with Ria White, Eirgen and Creating a Great Workplace with Lisa Murphy, Scurri.

Speaking about the event, Network Manager of Waterford Chamber Skillnet Sara Mullally said “Future-proofing, succession planning and retention are all key concerns for industry right now. As we approach full employment, attracting and retaining talent must be given due consideration at all times and our seminar will offer expert opinions, advice and shared experiences, so we can ensure our workforce is reaching its full potential. We are delighted to have such a high calibre of speakers lined up and we would encourage all HR Executives, senior managers and business owners to take the half day away from the office to engage, learn and of course offer their own advice.”

To book your place at Workforce Ireland 2019 for €50, please contact your local Skillnet Network; Waterford Chamber Skillnet on 051 311139, Wexford Chamber Skillnet on 053 9122226; County Tipperary Skillnet on 052 6191105 and Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet on 059 9132152.

To find your local Skillnet Learning Network in the South East region, visit

Chambers Ireland Local Government ManifestoChambers Ireland has launched its Local Government Manifesto and calls on voters to ask their candidates the hard questions about the long-term future of their areas: How candidates intend to deliver sustainable infrastructure and housing for their communities? What will they do to support local economic development? And, how will their policies help adapt our economy to decarbonisation?

Chambers Ireland is a network of businesses with a geographic reach that spans the cities and towns of Ireland. Chambers have been active in Ireland for over 200 years. This lends a long-term perspective to how we look at the economy and the world we live in.

Speaking today, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot calls on all voters to get engaged and to vote on 24 May, saying;

“We’ve come a long way since the last election in 2014. Our economy is growing and we’re almost at full employment, so while prosperity might have returned, the sustainability of our economy must now be the focus of our attention.

The National Development Plan sets out a long-term view on how to build a better future for Ireland. Our cities and towns need tens of thousands of new homes. We need to build better places to live and do business. Better planning and long-term thinking will improve the quality of life and quality of local economies around the country. The decisions that elected members of our local authorities make in the coming years will be central to realising this ambition.

We in Chambers Ireland are calling on all voters to vote. Our local authorities matter, and their decisions can’t be left up to someone else. We call on all candidates to take the long-term view and help build a better Ireland.”

Chambers Ireland calls on candidates for local government to support the long-term vision for Ireland and consider the following;

  • Our approach to the urban environment needs a revolution, we need integrated housing, transport, and civic spaces which prioritise the needs of the people living and working there.
  • Our local authorities need to co-operate to guide the development of our cities and towns so that policy decisions are coherent at the regional level and are consistent over multiple election cycles.
  • All our regions need to benefit from the production of green energy. If rural Ireland is to benefit from our decarbonising economy, it will need help to move beyond the traditional agri-food sector and into innovative new industries.
  • Ireland needs to work harder to facilitate women remaining in or returning to the workforce. The network of Local Enterprise Offices and other Local Government structures need to develop strategies that will support women in their areas.
  • If we are to have thriving local economies, our local authorities need to have procurement policies which look towards quality and long-term sustainability.

Click here to download the Local Government Manifesto

Business Expo 2019 1

Autoboland Jaguar and Land Rover was the place to be on Thursday night last for the Waterford Chamber Business Expo, which saw over 80 exhibitors showcase the vibrant business offering in Waterford right now.

Special guest, horse trainer and jockey Joseph O’Brien took time to go around to meet with exhibitors and said he was hugely impressed by the diverse businesses on show and in particular High Horse Events, who provided free tea and coffee for everyone in attendance from their converted horse box.

He also lent his support to the Noah’s Wish to Walk Campaign, who were fundraising and raising awareness through the evening.

Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely emphasised the importance of taking the time to network with other businesses.

“Events such as these allow us that time away from the office to share ideas and learn from our peers. The buzz in the showroom this evening only emphasises how strong the Waterford business community is and we wish you all continued success.”

Teresa-Jane O’Mahony, BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd, who sponsored the event for the sixth year running said: “Six years ago myself and my business partner Michelle decided to follow our dreams and go out on our own. There are so many people like us here today, who are working hard to make a difference. Entrepreneurs are the life blood of our business community and to see so many here today is really encouraging.”

Pat Drea of Autoboland Jaguar and Land Rover thanked all those who made the event such a great success and in particular their brand ambassador Joseph O’Brien.

WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly was broadcasting live and certainly added to the occasion by playing great music, coupled with interviews with various exhibitors.

The event concluded on a high note as Rob Cass of Falcon Real Estate and Niall Harrington of Fewer Harrington & Partners made a presentation on delivering the vision for Waterford, revealing new images of the North Quays and the 2000 new homes planned for Kilbarry.

The message was clear – North Quays is happening, Kilbarry is happening and there are opportunities abound.

Chambers Ireland Awards Event of the Year

Waterford Chamber scooped the award for Event of the Year at the Chambers Ireland Annual Chamber Awards yesterday (10th April 2019) for their Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo.

These national awards, sponsored by Zurich, are an opportunity to recognise best practice and to showcase the diverse activity taking place across the country led by Chambers.

Having topped the judging in the category with the most entries, Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely said: “This award is testament to the hard work of the team who spend months planning Toys4Engineers and to be recognised by our peers in this regard is a tremendous achievement.

“Showcasing the strength of our engineering sector, across tech, pharma and life sciences, is hugely important for the region and plans are already afoot to build on the success of last year’s event, which saw over 80 exhibitors from across the country converge on WIT Arena.

“Waterford Chamber is committed to offering events of the highest standard catering to the needs of our members and being recognised for our endeavours is very much appreciated.”

According to Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley: “What began as a local event is now firmly established as a regional event and last October we were delighted to welcome a number of large companies from outside the region also, as far away as Sligo and Dundalk to Toys4Engineers. There is an appetite for businesses to showcase their technologies and innovations and we have been encouraged by the level of business that has been done in recent years. We intend on growing that B2B interaction this year by introducing a ‘Meet the Buyer’ section to the event, while also adding CPD certified Masterclasses with expert speakers.

“Toys4Engineers will also offer a platform for students considering a career in STEM to hear from the leaders in the field and also interact with the companies who are paving the way with graduate programmes.

“Following our win yesterday, we are more determined than ever to make this year’s event even better and cement the South East as leading the way in engineering.”

Siobhan Kinsella, President of Chambers Ireland said, “It’s fantastic to see such creativity and energy from Chambers across the country on display at today’s ceremony.

“The winning projects, as well as all of the shortlisted projects, are a reminder of what opportunities, knowledge and skills are available of a national standard which continue to be accessible through local Chambers. The utmost of congratulations to all the award-winning Chambers.”

Waterford Chamber was also shortlisted for Most Innovative Project for the Regional Leaders Programme.

The full list of winners for each of the awards categories is as follows:

Overall Chamber of the Year

County Kildare Chamber

Event of the Year

Waterford Chamber – Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo

Most Innovative Project

Northern Ireland Chamber – Learn Grow Excel – Business Support Initiative

Most Successful Policy Campaign

Cork Chamber & Limerick Chamber – Gearing up for the M20 Cork – Limerick Motorway

Local Authority Collaboration

South Dublin Chamber – Sustainable Business Partnership Programme with South Dublin County Council, South Dublin LEO & South Dublin Chamber

Best Chamber Marketing Campaign

Mullingar Chamber – Winterfest Mullingar 2018

Membership Services Events Executive 2019

Are you passionate about Waterford? Do you want to be part of a small but dynamic team, which is the largest business representative organisation in Waterford?

Waterford Chamber currently has an opening for a Membership Services and Events Executive. It is a position of considerable responsibility within the organisation and one that requires a self-motivated and goal-orientated person. Recruitment of new members and retention of existing members is a critical function at the Waterford Chamber. The role will provide an efficient service to members of Waterford Chamber, through direct interaction with members by way of direct communication; face to face, telephonically and electronically and by way of provision of a full range of member-supporting back office functions.

Reporting to the Operations Officer and CEO, you will become an integral part of the team lending support in the following areas:

  • Existing and new membership engagement
  • Develop and implement strategies for member retention
  • Sell Chamber membership
  • Event Management
  • Social Media Management
  • Marketing Campaigns
  • Public Relations
  • Project Management


  • Ideally have minimum 2 years’ experience in customer service/sales
  • Minimum relevant Degree level qualification required
  • A passion for customer service and continuous improvement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexibility will be required in relation to hours and place of work to meet the needs of the role.  Work outside normal office hours may be required.


  • Strong communications & media/PR skill
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access) and IT skills
  • General administration skills
  • Customer service
  • Sales & marketing
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of local business community
  • Full driving license and own means of transport
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative


CVs should be sent by post to:

Gerald Hurley


Waterford Chamber

2 George’s Street


Or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This is a permanent full-time position (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). The successful candidate must be available to work flexible hours as required by Chamber events.

Remuneration will be in line with relevant educational & business experience.

RLP 2018 launchWaterford Chamber has been shortlisted for two national Chambers Ireland awards for the Regional Leaders Programme and Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo.

Returning for the first time in 10 years, the awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers around the country. They are a chance for Chambers to showcase their achievements in a variety of categories, from innovative projects to successful events to collaborations with local and national government.

Under the Event of the Year Category, Waterford Chamber was selected for its work on Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo, while the Regional Leaders Programme was given the nod for the Most Innovative Project.

Speaking ahead of the official awards ceremony on 10th April, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said it was testament to the hard work of the Chamber team and their collaborative partners that Waterford Chamber featured so strongly.

“Our team here in Chamber is small but dynamic – they are creative, hard-working and ultimately want to do what they can to support the business community. Both the Regional Leaders Programme and Toys4Engineers epitomise what regional collaboration can achieve, and we are very grateful to be working with important stakeholders such as Bausch + Lomb, Waterford Institute of Technology and Waterford Chamber Skillnet, among others, to bring these offerings to our members and the wider region.

“Whether it is our 35 mentors and 70 Regional Leaders Programme participants or 80 exhibitors at Toys4Engineers, it shows that by working together and getting the message eight, Waterford as the Capital of the South East region is showcasing its commitment to being the driver of the region and we are grateful that everyone’s participation in that is being recognised through these national awards.”

The shortlist features projects from 21 Chambers, exemplifying the wide-ranging work being done around the country.

The Chamber Awards winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony on 10th April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry. Awards will be presented for excellence in five different categories and one Chamber will be awarded the overall award of Chamber of the Year 2019.

RLP Lunch Michael Doherty

"Inspiring", "honest", "fascinating" are just a small selection of the descriptions that flooded social media following Conor McCarthy’s lunchtime talk as part of the Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme.

Described by Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley as a “true friend of Waterford and Waterford Chamber”, Conor, a native of Dublin, has holidayed in Dunmore East for the past 25 years and was a mentor on the inaugural Regional Leaders Programme.

Returning as a guest speaker for the second programme, Conor spoke to the mentors and programme participants on being “An Accidental Entrepreneur”, with a refreshing honesty and transparency that allowed the audience to walk away with an understanding of the true meaning of an entrepreneur.

According to Conor, “The term entrepreneur is a misnomer as it refers to an individual, whilst there is no such thing as an entrepreneur who did it all on their own - it’s about a team effort and team building. An entrepreneur is someone who no longer can or wants to work for someone else. However, if you chase the money, you might not ever reach the goal. Money is not a goal. Use your knowledge and experience – don’t plan on success in an area you have never worked in.”

Offering sound advice, Conor said the key to success is “adapt, adapt, adapt”. That coupled with his mantras of “Discover the supremacy of sales” and “Never say die – find a way”, you can see why Conor is considered one of Ireland’s most successful Executives.

Co-founder of AirAsia and current Executive Chairman of Dublin Aerospace, Conor has been in the aviation business for 41 years, having started on an apprenticeship with Aer Lingus.  He was appointed CEO of Aer Lingus Commuter in 1991 until he left to become Director of Group Operations at Ryanair in 1996.

In 2000 he established his own consultancy firm ‘Plane Consult’ which specialises in Low Costs and Start-Up airlines. In 2001 he joined Air Asia and is credited with transforming the airline into the most successful Low Cost Carrier in the region.

When SR Technics closed in Dublin in 2009, Conor spotted an opportunity and established Dublin Aerospace where he remains as Executive Chairman. He was awarded EY Irish Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) for the success of Dublin Aerospace, which recently announced the recruitment of another 150 aerospace professionals.

And he shows no signs of stopping or slowing down. As he says himself, “Keep planning because once you print it, it’s out of date.”

The third Regional Leaders Programme is now open for expressions of interests and will commence in September. Again, with the support of Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Bausch + Lomb and Waterford Institute of Technology and over 40 of Waterford’s key business people as mentors, the programme is leading the way in supporting the business community in terms of leadership, succession planning and sustainable growth.

Commenting on the programme Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “Getting access to people of Conor’s calibre, makes the Regional Leaders Programme a must for anybody looking to grow their business or for individuals who are determined to enhance their career prospects. The programme enjoyed a 40% growth from year one to two and we envisage further growth this year, if early expressions of interest are anything to go by. From the one to one mentoring sessions, to group sessions, speaker lunches and networking opportunities, the Regional Leaders Programme is a cost effective way for business owners to maximise the potential of their internal talent pool and cement the future of their leaders.”

To register your interest in the next Regional Leaders Programme, please contact Kelly Cummins on 051 872639 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sanofi take top prize at Waterford Business Awards

Sanofi were named Overall Waterford Business of the Year at the Waterford Business Awards on 8th March at the Tower Hotel by Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr Declan Doocey.

The multi-national company, who are leading the way in advancing global biopharmaceutical technology, also picked up the Technology & Innovation award on the night, which was attended by over 340 guests.

The Waterford Business Awards, which are organised by Waterford Chamber, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber and WLR and was hosted by Teresanne O’Reilly, celebrated the successes and contributions of thirty-six companies who were shortlisted for the 13 award categories.

Commenting at the gala dinner, Mayor Doocey said: “Showcasing the incredible work ethic, innovation and determination that exists in business today is something that should always be welcomed and night’s like this do just that. We have a vibrant business community, we are the leaders in so many fields. Just looking around the room here tonight, the nominated companies are all winners and more importantly we are proud to have them as Ambassadors for Waterford. If we continue to work together and use that same determination these people show in business to create a better collaborative business community for Waterford and the wider region, there is nothing we cannot achieve.”

Topping the categories were Solas Cancer Support Centre for Community & Social Enterprise; Havenwood Retirement Village for Customer Service; Chris Russell of Thimba Media won Entrepreneur of the Year; Eunice Power took home the Food & Beverage Awrd; GSK Dungarvan were awarded Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility; New Business of the Year went to Coach House Coffee; Ardkeen Quality Food Store took home the Retail Excellence Award; Murphy Larkin Timber Products won Social Media & Digital Excellence; SME of the Year went to RelateCare; Technology & Innovation to Sanofi; Tourism Activity/Attraction of the Year went to Spraoi and the Training & People Development Award went to Dawn Meats.

The Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Chef Paul Flynn of The Tannery Restaurant, by Ria White, EirGen Pharma.

Introducing Paul Flynn, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “Our Ambassador of the Year needs no introduction as one of Waterford’s most famous sons, blazing a trail in the culinary world for over three decades. He is passionate about local produce, his native Dungarvan and of course Waterford, using every available opportunity to promote and highlight the wonderful offering that is our home county.”

The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for all eleven categories. An independent judging panel, under the Chairmanship of Frank O’Regan, and including David Breen, David M Breen & Co; Lena Murphy, WLR; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel; TV Honan, Spraoi; John Noonan, Flahavan’s; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific, Richie Walsh, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Irial Mac Murchu, Nemeton TV and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, carried out the difficult task of selecting the finalist shortlist and category winners after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. 

Speaking on the night, Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate Sanofi on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards and to all category winners and finalists – thank you. Without your hard work and determination our business community would not be as vibrant as it is today and we wish you all continued success.”

Speaking on behalf of WLR, Des Whelan, Managing Director, said that WLR as a local company with offices and studios in Waterford City and Dungarvan, was encouraged to see such a cross section of businesses shortlisted.

“Amalgamating with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber has been fantastic for the awards and it is great to see so many sectors from the city and county being represented here this evening. It has never been more prevalent that Waterford is a great place to work and do business.”

Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors include Cpl Resources, EirGen Pharma, TOTEM, AIB Bank, Faithlegg, KBC Bank, City Enterprise Centre, PwC, Waterford Institute of Technology, Morgan McKinley, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Dawn Meats.

Chamber CSR Awards 2019 LaunchChambers Ireland today (4th March 2019) launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2019 at St. Stephen’s Green. The CSR Awards offer the business community a chance to promote and highlight the best practice CSR activities taking place in companies of all sizes across Ireland. The Awards showcase projects that help to improve the workplace for the benefit of all employees; that engage with and help to improve the communities in which business operate and that are environmentally responsible.

Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, spoke at the launch, “We’re thrilled to launch the sixteenth edition of our annual CSR Awards. Businesses’ understanding of the importance of CSR initiatives continues to grow, yet it can’t be emphasized enough that these initiatives must be put into practice among businesses from across the board to demonstrate what can be achieved.

Making progress in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is an objective not only of government, but also of the business community, and we’ve seen in recent years how companies have used the SDGs as a guiding light in designing new CSR projects and initiatives.

To ensure that their importance is properly reflected in our awards, this year we have given greater prominence to the SDGs on the awards voting schedule by including marks for showing engagement with the objectives of the Goals in the voting criteria for each award category.

CSR’s impact will resonate more if modern, successful examples of CSR initiatives can be pointed to for businesses of different sizes to see. With today’s launch, we invite applicants to ‘spring’ into their applications and showcase what new CSR ideas they can bring to the table.”

Siobhan Kinsella, Chambers Ireland President, said, “The importance of the support, promotion and practice of CSR is becoming much more magnified not just in a business context but also in a wider social context, particularly with the increased public urgency surrounding the topic of climate change. It’s crucial that Irish businesses of all sizes continue to play a vital and visible role in engaging with the issues of the day. At this moment businesses across Ireland have a real opportunity to support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable CSR initiatives are the perfect instrument to do so.”

Theo Cullinane, BAM Ireland Chief Executive said, “This is the eighth year that we have been the main sponsor of Chambers Ireland CSR Awards and as always, we are honoured to be involved in celebrating the CSR achievements of the Irish business community. The CSR Awards continue to grow from strength-to-strength and it is great to see more businesses incorporating CSR into their everyday working practice.

At BAM, CSR and sustainability are at the heart of our operations. Our ‘Enhancing Lives’ programme is a commitment to enhancing the lives of one million people by 2020 through employment, education, training and charity engagement projects.

This year, as part of BAM’s 150th anniversary celebrations, we are planting 150,000 trees in different parts of the world; 50,000 in Africa, 50,000 in South America and 50,000 in Europe. In February over 100 BAM colleagues and their families helped NGO ‘Trees on the Land’ plant 9,00 trees in Ireland. The CSR Awards celebrate the best of business and community partnerships and I encourage businesses to enter and showcase their hard work in building a better Ireland for all.”

Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development commented, “The Department of Rural and Community Development is delighted to support the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.

Initiatives such as the CSR Awards help to create a climate which enables business, Government, NGOs, community, charity and voluntary organisations to work together on common causes for the greater good.

The role of bodies like Chambers Ireland and Business in the Community in promoting and supporting Corporate Social Responsibility deserves to be acknowledged. In taking this approach they are supporting their local communities and delivering benefit for wider society.”

The launch of the sixteenth annual CSR Awards took place at St. Stephen’s Green.

Lidl Ireland were the winners of the 2018 Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award for the commitment to CSR practices that are embedded at the company’s core and for the organisation’s ongoing dedication to community engagement.

The awards are sponsored by BAM Ireland and run in association with the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The applications are now open online at

The closing date for nominations is Monday, 1st of April 2019.


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