Ireland Must Remain At the Heart of the EU to Secure Our Economic Future

May 12, 2016

Speaking at the Chambers Ireland event, ‘Making the EU Work for Irish Business’ today (12 May 2016), Ian Talbot, Chief Executive Chambers Ireland and Deputy President of Eurochambres said, “Our event today highlights the many ways in which Irish business benefits from our membership of the EU. The upcoming British referendum on EU membership has generated much misinformation and many inaccuracies from the ‘Leave’ campaign as to burdensome rules and regulations arising from EU membership. We can often be quick to forget the huge benefits of membership of the single market and the EU. These benefits were hard won and have allowed Ireland to compete on a global stage economically.

We recognise that some reforms are needed, however we strongly believe that Ireland’s economic future can only be secured by continuing to remain at the heart of a strong Europe. Our priority is to ensure that European legislation and regulation works for businesses of all sizes. Ireland must work within Europe to encourage and strive for an EU that supports a business friendly environment that drives growth, job creation, innovation and investment across all Member States.”


For further information contact Susan McDermott, Chambers Ireland on 01 400 4331, 086 6081605 or email

Notes to Editor:

  • Making the EU Work for Irish Business took place in Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club on Thursday 12th May 2016, hosted by Chambers Ireland.
  • The two panel discussions were on: ‘Ireland’s Economic Future – Stronger in Europe’ and ‘How can Europe work better for Irish business
  • The guest speakers at the event included:

–          Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland

–          Lucinda Creighton, Former Minister for European Affairs and Member of Dáil Eireann

–          Ben Butters, Director of Policy with Eurochambres

–          Graham Stull, Economic Governance/European Semester Office with the European Commission Representation in Ireland

–          John O’Brennan, Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, NUI Maynooth

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