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May 20, 2013

Single Chamber of Commerce proposed for Co. Kildare in 2014

Introductory evening to be held in Athy
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) launching the Co. Kildare Strategic Plan 2012-2015 accompanied by Eilis Quinlan, President of North Kildare Chamber (left) and David O‚ÄôReilly, President of Newbridge Chamber (right) The first promotion for the proposed amalgamation of the Chambers of Commerce in Co. Kildare will take place in Athy on Tuesday 28th May 2013 at 6.30 pm in the Clanard Court Hotel. This Business to Business event will consist of a brief presentation outlining the anticipated benefits of single Chamber representation throughout the county followed by a question and answer session. In addition a presentation on a local business success story will be provided on the evening by Maeve Lynch, Managing Director of Athy International Concentrates, the town’s biggest employer, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary of business in Athy.
Representatives of neighbouring Chambers in Kildare Town, Newbridge and North Kildare (Maynooth, Leixlip, Celbridge and Naas) will be on hand to run through the Co. Kildare Strategic Plan 2012-2015 that was launched by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, last year.
David O’Reilly, President of Newbridge Chamber explains, “At a challenging time for our Country, we need the business community to take a leadership role in our society. The proposed merger is in line with the scheduled closure of all Town Councils in Ireland next year when Kildare County Council will become the single unit of Local Government in the county.”
Eilis Quinlan, North Kildare Chamber president added, “A countywide Chamber could have a membership of over 500 companies providing the critical mass that a modern Chamber of Commerce requires to deliver a fit for purpose, permanently staffed and resourced operation meeting the needs of business in the county. We look forward to working closely with the business people of Athy and South Kildare to maximise our impact on the economic development of the county as a whole” she concluded.
The event is open to all business, big or small who wish to help make County Kildare the location of choice for existing and potential business enterprises. Similar presentations have been scheduled for Leixlip on Tuesday 11th June 2013 and in Kildare Town on Monday 17th June 2013.