A packed audience listened to Ellen Drumm, President of the North Dublin Chamber welcome our keynote speakers Vincent Harrison, MD Dublin Airport and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU who in their interview with Stephen Kennedy from Talent Partners outlined how Dublin Airport and DCU continue to provide major economic and employment opportunities for North Dublin.
In her opening address, Ellen said that Sean Whelan, RTE’s Economics Correspondent recently wrote “We in Ireland are in danger of viewing the world through Brexit goggles. We must beware.” He admonished the Irish media for filtering out things that are happening elsewhere and said that we are missing information that is vital to our own understanding of Brexit, and the post-Brexit world that is rapidly evolving, particularly where the European Union is concerned.
There has been little written or reported on the Digital Single Market that is lifting off in Europe. For the first time in a decade every state in the EU is forecast to grow this year. Growth is expected to outpace the US and UK, and with significantly lower debt and deficit levels. Unemployment is falling. 232 million people are in work, the highest employment level recorded in the territories of the EU. All of these growth figures are strongly are reflected here in Ireland and in North Dublin as well.
Ellen said that we need to stop panicking about Brexit. Yes, it is a serious issue to be managed but not the only one and she said that we need to focus on what is within our control. We need to focus on the positive developments that are happening in Europe and here in Ireland and these positive developments are truly reflected in recent announcements by both the daa and DCU.
The daa recently securing planning permission for almost half a million square feet of offices in a new 70 acre business park which will offer national and international companies an office environment. Phase one is expected to accommodate 4,000 employees and up to 400 construction jobs during the build phase.
DCU has announced a €230m capital development programme which will transform the university and its environs and extend their footprint across North Dublin.
The Chamber has made Business, Investment and Growth as its core focus for 2017 and two of the key catalysts for North Dublin are the Dublin Airport Development and the DCU Expansion. These, in conjunction with the progression of the Ballymun Regeneration programme see North Dublin as being one of the fastest developing regions in Ireland and Europe.