Most Successful Policy Campaign

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Shannon Chamber 

Shannon and Regional Airports Covid Traffic Recovery & Support Scheme (TRSS)

In 2021 Shannon Chamber, in collaboration with the Irish Hotels Federation, and supported by Ennis, Limerick and Galway Chambers, set out to prepare a business case for a multi-annual, fully funded regional air access recovery and growth action plan for presentation to Government. The objective of this undertaking was to demonstrate that, while the funding allocated by Government to support Irish airports up to 2021 is welcome, a reform of funding strategy would be needed given that the recovery, restoration, and growth of regional air access will require a sustained period of multi-annual funding until at least 2024 and as late as 2029, depending on when traffic returns to 2019 levels. Restoring connectivity is a critical element of this recovery. The group proposed for the Government to consider providing three forms of sustained multi-annual funding to Shannon and other regional airports. The first draft of the business case was launched in March 2021 and the campaign ran throughout 2021.

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Galway Chamber – Vision 2050 – A Future Vision for Galway

‘Galway 2050 – A Future Vision for Galway’ was launched by Minister Hildegarde Naughton to understand what the people of the West want Galway to look like in just under 30 years. The Galway Chamber managed the entire consultation, with it feeding into the Galway City Council Local Economic and Community Plan and the Galway City Development Plan.

 

Limerick Chamber – Limerick Chamber’s The Future Development of Limerick City Report

Limerick Chamber appointed Indecon International Research Economists to undertake an independent assessment of the performance of Limerick City and to outline measures to support the sustainable development of the city. The analysis builds on the experience of models and approaches used in other countries to achieve the sustainable development of cities.

 

South Dublin Chamber – From Lockdown to Local Recovery

South Dublin Chamber consulted their community through zoom meetings and surveys to identify the wants and needs of the locality. The goals were shared directly with officials of South Dublin County Council, with key Ministers and their departments nationally and through various media.

 

Waterford Chamber – University of substance for the South East

Waterford Chamber were at the fore of lobbying for a university for the South East, creating a significant amount of policy papers and engaging with government officials. In 2021 the South East Technological University was formed.

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