Chambers Ireland and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry today (4 July 2016) announced a strengthening of cooperation between the two organisations, which represent the all-island business community. The launch of the formal affiliation between the two Chambers took place at a side event following the North South Ministerial Council at Dublin Castle and was attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Speaking at the announcement, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive Chambers Ireland said: “This affiliation between Chambers Ireland and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce will provide a new structure to help improve engagement between the business communities North and South. Strengthening cooperation also allows for development of common business related policy positions reflecting the many similar challenges and opportunities facing Chamber member businesses on both sides of the Irish border. This new relationship is timely as the business community on the island needs a strong voice during the uncertainty arising from the UK referendum on EU membership.”
Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry added, “By affiliating with each other our two organisations will provide a stronger platform and greater opportunities for interaction for all businesses on the island of Ireland. Through working more closely on policy issues of mutual concern we can cooperate to support business across the island of Ireland, which in the current period of uncertainty will be more important than ever.”