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8th December 2017: Chambers Ireland welcomes Brexit guarantee of ‘no hard border’ between Ireland and Northern Ireland, following this morning’s announcement that both negotiating teams are ready to move into the second phase of talks.

Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot commented:

"We welcome UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to upholding the Good Friday Agreement with a guarantee of no hard border on the island of Ireland and congratulate all parties on reaching a successful outcome. The business community particularly welcomes news that that there will be an Irish chapter of trade negotiations going into phase two of the talks. Ensuring that Ireland’s unique circumstances will continue to be recognised as part of the ongoing Brexit negotiations is a remarkable achievement on behalf of the Government.

"However great uncertainties remain for businesses. We emphasise the urgency of starting second phase talks as soon as possible so that when the inevitable complications emerge, they can be addressed early in the process.  

"The need for a realistic timeframe for transition must also be addressed. The complexity of issues that business will face following the UK’s departure from the EU is likely to require a transition period lasting several years and ensuring agreement on this must be a focus of the next round of negotiations."

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ESB Networks Area Manager John Morrissey briefed members of Waterford Chamber on the latest developments in infrastructure, the electrification of heat and transport and smart technology for business in Dooley’s Hotel as part of a series of events throughout the country.

Following the meeting, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said, “The briefing enabled the members to learn about the business opportunities that improving electricity infrastructure and technology will bring to Waterford.

“An adequate provision of electricity is essential for the business community. ESB Networks has made progress in addressing the infrastructure needs at a local level and has ensured that vital projects have been connected. Continued improvement to our infrastructure will be crucial in the coming years as businesses expand. The briefing offered us the opportunity to learn about the work currently being undertaken and about plans for the future.”

Echoing this sentiment John Morrissey of ESB Networks said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to update businesses on the investment in electricity services at a local level. It’s also an opportunity to connect with businesses to inform them of improvements to ensure cost effective supply and the opportunities in the sector such with electric vehicles and smart technology.” 

Red to Work

WLR and Waterford Chamber will join forces this Christmas in the hope of raising tens of thousands for the local St. Vincent de Paul through the ‘Red to Work’ Campaign.

‘Red to Work’ day is now an annual event in Waterford’s work place calendar with hundreds of businesses and work places encouraging staff to wear red and show support for the annual WLR Christmas Radio Appeal.

This year Waterford Chamber is excited to support the event which will take place on Friday December 15th. Waterford Chamber will use its network to reach out to members and encourage them to take part in the ‘Red to Work’ appeal and hopefully increase funds raised through the day long event.

Waterford Chamber Chief Executive Gerald Hurley says, “Through our close connection with the business community in Waterford, the team at Waterford Chamber believes we can greatly assist WLR in making ‘Red to Work’ a huge flagship fundraiser for the Christmas Appeal. It’s a fun initiative for the business community to take part in, allowing staff to get in the Christmas spirit and, in turn, give back to those who are in need in our community.”

‘Red to Work’ Day is just one of the many events hosted as part of the WLR ‘Be a little Star’ Christmas Appeal which hopes to raise in total over €60k this December for the SVdP. Other events include a VIP Auction, Farmview Auction, Star Wars Midnight Screening, Care for a Cuppa Coffee Morning and many more.

For more information or to register your business for ‘Red to Work’ Day see the website www.Christmasappeal.ie or contact WLR Christmas Appeal Coordinator Roisin Ferris on 051-846112.

 

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