Limerick Chamber to celebrate business and enterprise in city

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK Chamber is to hold an awards ceremony celebrating business and enterprise as part of the President’s Dinner this year.

LIMERICK Chamber is to hold an awards ceremony celebrating business and enterprise as part of the President’s Dinner this year.

Former Shannon Foynes Port company chairman and Avocent chief executive Kieran MacSweeney was appointed Limerick Chamber president for a second year at their AGM on Wednesday night.

And he has appointed five new directors who will serve on the Chamber Board for the next year.

They are: Dr Fergal Barry, Head of Development at LIT, Brian McEnery, partner with Horwath Bastow Charleton, Jim Kenny of Tiernan Properties - which owns Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, Gary Rowan of HRA Town Planning Consultants - involved in a major development at the Parkway Shopping Centre, and Karl Daly of Karl Daly Pension and Investment Ltd. Manager of the Strand Hotel, Sean Lally was also re-elected to the board.

They replace retiring directors John Rice, Reg Freake and Colm O’Donovan.

Meanwhile, city auctioneer Gordon Kearney will serve as vice-president before replacing Mr MacSweeney as president in 2012, 14 years after his father’s term.

Outlining the Chamber’s priorities for 2011, President MacSweeney said: “After two years of doom and gloom we think it’s time to focus more on the positive. Many businesses are beginning to report that things may be turning around for them and many others have been quietly growing and expanding over the past few years. They are the unsung heroes. They never get mentioned or get any publicity for their efforts. It’s important we celebrate our successes and highlight our achievements, so this year I am delighted to announce that the Chamber will be incorporating Business and Enterprise Awards at the President’s Dinner in the Autumn. Further details of these awards will be launched in the next few weeks.”

President MacSweeney also vowed that the Chamber would ensure pressure is maintained on the new government to deliver on job creation and enterprise development in Limerick, the renewal of the ciy centre, and Shannon Airport.

“With the elections in full swing and a new Government about to come in to power we have a great opportunity to ensure that this region gets the support it badly needs.” the president concluded.