Rural communities must be supported to achieve their full potential


rural ireland action planWaterford Chamber welcomes the Action Plan for Rural Development launched today (23rd January 2017) by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD.


Commenting on the Action Plan, Nick Donnelly, Chamber CEO said, “We very much welcome the ‘Realising our Rural Potential’ plan which is an important indication of Government commitment to supporting rural communities and the rural economy across Ireland. This Action Plan is a key component of a series of strategic initiatives such as the roll out of the National Broadband Plan and the development of a National Planning Framework that, when delivered, will allow rural businesses to grow and develop within their communities.


“The long term strategy for rural Ireland must be to support our regions and rural communities in achieving their full potential in terms of economic development. Initiatives such as the South East Regional Action Plan for Jobs and the development of an Atlantic Economic Corridor have the potential to prove transformational for the economic development of the regions, but they will require a sustained focus from policy makers and significant capital investment over the coming years if they are to prove effective. Vibrant rural communities within strong regions will ensure the long term sustainability of rural life in Ireland.”   

Business After Hours at the Theatre Royal


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New theatre season launched at Waterford Chamber Business After Hours


There’s a dramatic season ahead at the Theatre Royal, as guests of the Waterford Chamber Business After Hours event were informed of the new season schedule in the historic theatre on Thursday night.


Welcoming in excess of one hundred business people and theatre enthusiasts, Waterford Chamber Deputy President Paul Nolan said: “Pearls like the Theatre Royal in the Viking Triangle are an integral part of Waterford. Their ongoing creative offering brings our world renowned arts and culture heritage to life.”


Mr Nolan went on to say that “proactivity creates vibrancy”, reminding the audience that Waterford Chamber was their organisation, the voice of business for Waterford and its strength lay in the vibrancy of its membership.


Guests were treated to delicious food, music by the Butterfly Band and a fascinating historical tour of one of Waterford’s oldest buildings. Meanwhile Artistic Director Ben Barnes launched the new season, showcasing some of the exciting events on the 2017 schedule, of which highlights include the much anticipated return of My Real Life and the tour of Lyric Theatre’s Educating Rita and Opera Theatre Company’s Acis & Galatea.


Commenting on the event, Theatre Royal Commercial Director Nora Widger said: “A rich and vibrant arts culture is at the heart of the development of our City and Region. Partnering with Waterford Chamber for their first Business After Hours in 2017 allows us the opportunity to bring the diverse offering which Theatre Royal provides to the Chamber members and a wider audience.”


Waterford Chamber’s next Business After Hours takes place on Thursday, 9th February in the newly renovated Fitzwilton Hotel. For bookings or more information, contact Lynda Lawton on 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Business After Hours at the Fitzwilton Hotel


BAH Fitzwilton Hotel


Our next Business After Hours networking event takes place on Thursday, 9th February in the Fitzwilton Hotel.


Join us for a showcase of delicious food and take a look at what the newly renovated city centre hotel has to offer the corporate and leisure markets.


You could also be in with the chance to win one night B&B for two people at the Fitzwilton Hotel, dinner for two in Chez K's Bistro, and Lunch for two in the Met Bar Café.


About the Fitzwilton Hotel

The 4 star Fitzwilton Hotel recently completed a €650,000 refurbishment programme. The investment has refurbished all 90 of the hotels rooms including the Penthouse suite in addition to the hotel's dining facilities of Chez K's Bistro and the Met Bar.


The Fitzwilton Hotel is ideally located for corporate and leisure guests within a short distance to the city centre and nearby industrial estates making it an ideal location for work or play. There is free on-site parking and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. The Met Bar Café is the ideal location for a coffee meeting plus food served for 9am to 9pm daily.


Date: Thursday, 9th February

Time: 5.30pm–7.00pm

Venue: Fitzwilton Hotel

Cost: Free of charge


Bookings: Contact Lynda at 051 311130 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Theresa May's Brexit speech: More Questions Than Answers


Commenting on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech today (17/01/2017), Nick Donnelly, Waterford Chamber CEO said, "Ultimately the speech was no more than an articulation of the UK’s top-line negotiating position.


"Businesses in Ireland are no further advanced in understanding the issues that will need to be dealt with at the conclusion of this process but can take some solace in matters which the UK specified as being key elements in the negotiations. The reference to the special relationship with the Republic of Ireland and the importance of retaining the Common Travel Area is welcome although more clarity on barrier-free arrangements with Northern Ireland remains critical for businesses on both sides of the border.


"The acknowledgement of the desire to take in “elements of the Single Market” and a “new agreement on Customs Union” is positive for Irish exporters but will clearly be very contentious parts of the forthcoming negotiations and mutually beneficial solutions will need to be identified.


"Timing of any changes remains very unclear. The Prime Minister’s acknowledgement of the need for reasonable transition periods is positive. However the process for approval of any negotiated agreement by the remaining EU States and the UK Parliament, where both Houses will be given a vote, will generate continued uncertainty and potentially the risk of a Brexit with no deal in place.


"In addition the expressed desire to conduct negotiations with a high level of privacy will only contribute to continued uncertainty and volatility. While we understand the need for a degree of confidentiality to facilitate negotiators in identifying an agreement, a process to create some level of transparency to enable businesses to plan for possible future scenarios must be put in place.


It is vitally important that the Irish Government and all relevant stakeholders ensure that Ireland’s interests are properly represented in the forthcoming negotiations, that the desire for reasonable transition periods forms part of any agreement and that all States negotiate and reach agreement based on economically rational principles."

Chief Executive Officer


Waterford Chamber of Commerce founded in 1787, representing Business in Ireland’s oldest city for over 200 years, wishes to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from April 2017.


The CEO will provide leadership, vision and guidance in the daily running of operations and the strategic direction for the Chamber, facilitating and leading the Board organisation in their efforts to deliver the mission and goals laid down. The CEO will have full responsibility for financial management revenue generation and will demonstrate an effective understanding of the local and regional economy, and the overall political and economic environment within it.


Marketing, membership development and the opportunities and challenges of both large and small employers must be fully understood in order to deliver for current members and attract new operators on an ongoing basis.


Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Identify and create opportunities to grow Waterford Chamber membership
  • Support local business through innovative ideas and practices
  • Be responsible for all strategic planning and execution based on the Board’s strategic plans
  • Align the Chamber with other economic development groups, working closing with its stakeholders and collaborators
  • Develop the Chamber’s annual business plan with measurable objectives for delivery of successful outcomes on all events, programmes & projects
  • Planning, organising and executing the Board and all Chamber meetings and activities
  • Exercise an excellent rapport with the media
  • Ensure the smooth running of the Skillnet Programme
  • Compete for appropriate/beneficial EU projects
  • Maintain and increase income streams for the Chamber
  • Develop an annual budget for the Chamber’s operations, setting projected revenues, expenses & P&L
  • Reinforce the Chamber’s position as the voice of business in Waterford


Person attributes and competencies required:

In order to achieve the requirements for this post the successful candidate will need highly developed interpersonal skills and communication skills with an ability to team lead, negotiate and influence.


Applications should be sent by Friday, 27th January 2017 to:

Michael Lynagh

Communications Executive

Waterford Chamber

2 George’s Street




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