Pictured at the campaign launch in Ibec Head Office this morning are Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy; Cpl Resources CEO, Anne Heraty; and former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox

Dear member,


On Friday 24 May the country goes to the polls in European and local elections. Today, at Ibec, we launched our European election campaign, which aims to ensure the key issues for business are heard and inform the national debate.

The election is a crucial opportunity to strengthen Ireland’s influence in the European Parliament. An opportunity to send out a strong, positive message about our future at the very centre of Europe, at a time when Brexit is causing massive uncertainty.

We need more EU cooperation in areas where there is a clear benefit. This includes completing the single market, promoting digitalisation and boosting global trade. In other areas, such as taxation and labour market rules, individual governments can best tailor policy to domestic needs. You can read our election material here. We'll send you more information by post over the coming days.

As part of the campaign, we are hosting a series of debates with the top MEP candidates in Dublin, Cork and Galway during May. The events, moderated by Newstalk’s Kieran Cuddihy, will provide an opportunity to hear what candidates have to say and raise specific concerns directly. To book your place, please follow the below links:


> Midlands, North-West constituency debate: 4.00 - 5:30 pm Wednesday 8 May Clayton Hotel, Galway

> South constituency debate: 9:00 - 10:30 am Friday 10 May Kingsley Hotel, Cork

> Dublin constituency debate: 8:30 - 10:00 am, Monday 13 May Ibec Head Office, Dublin

Of course, when it comes to highlighting the concerns of business, we need your support: Tell the candidates how creating the right conditions for business can improve living standards, generate tax revenues, and lead to new jobs; inform your employees of the benefits that the EU provides for your business; and encourage voting by your staff. Let's us know if we can do anything to help.

Over the coming weeks, Ibec will be working to keep business priorities high on the agenda. On Wednesday, for example, we’ll be launching our local election campaign in Limerick, with a discussion on directly elected mayors. For more details and to book a place click here.

I’ll keep you updated on Ibec’s work. Please get in touch with any queries.

All the best,

Danny McCoy,
Ibec CEO