Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 24th April 2017

  1. Town and Village Renewal Workshops

Following on from the recent launch of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme,  the Department Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will be running a number of information workshops in the following locations;

  • Sligo on April 25th at 4.00pm -5.30pm in City Hall
  • Tullamore on April 26th at 11am – 1pm in the Bridge House Hotel
  • Thurles on May 2nd at 2pm – 4.00pm in the Anner Hotel

The scheme has €20m available in 2017 for 2 categories of towns;

  1. Less than 5,000 in population
  2. Between 5,000 and 10,000 in population

The scheme will be implemented via the Local Authorities but with the involvement of community and business interests in the various towns chosen.

The workshops are open for Chambers representatives and members to attend.  Please find official invitation attached. Please confirm your attendance by e-mail at as soon as possible.

  1. Employers Disability Information Service – Seminar with UK Business Disability Forum

Lessons for Ireland from UK Business Disability Forum  is an information seminar hosted by the National Disability Authority on 27 April 2017, 11am-3pm at Enterprise Ireland, East Point Dublin.

All chamber members and businesses are invited to attend the seminar to participate and learn more  about the employment of people with disabilities or retention of employees with disabilities.

Brendan Roche from the UK’s Business Disability Forum will be leading the seminar to discuss how they work with employers and the benefits of peer networking. The seminar will address the key barriers and aids to the retention of employees with disabilities and will provide an overview of the guidance for employers and how it is developed.

Those interested in attending the seminar please contact to register or for more information. Any organisation or employer with queries relating to disability provision that they would like to raise in confidence please contact the Employers Disability Information Service for more information.


  1. European Asylum Support Office (EASO) – Tender for Interim Agency services

European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is an Agency of the European Union set up by virtue of Regulation (EU) 439/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The agency plays a key role in the concrete development of the Common European Asylum System. According to the EASO Multiannual Work plan 2017-2019, EASO will continue to enhance its operational support to EU Member States’ asylum and reception systems. In implementing its mandate, the Agency may use non-permanent external staff (interim staff) for specific tasks where there is a need for short-term, additional resources, or for specialized tasks if the skills are not already available within the Agency.

EASO has recently published an open call for tender divided in 10 Lots to conclude single framework contracts for a maximum amount of €71,740,000 for the provision of Interim Agency services. All the available information can be obtained through: or


  1. Galway Chamber Energy Conference 2017

Featuring a host of renowned speakers, this Conference will be of interest to all those looking to a future of renewable energy. Speakers on the day will include Minister of State Sean Kyne, Rosemary Steen Eirgrid, John Mullins Amarenco, Chris Stark Scottish Government Director of Energy and Climate Change, John Breslin SmartBay, Marian Troy, Director of Corporate Affairs SSE, Eamon Ryan TD and leader of the Green Party, Case Study from the Galway Wind Park and much more, as well as stands representing leaders in the renewable sector.

The conference will take place on Friday 5th May in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill from 8.00am -4pm. Please see document attached for more information and full line-up of speakers.

To register contact:


  1. Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland – 28th April 2017

For everyone with an interest in the safety, health and welfare of people at work, April 28th is an important date. It’s the date every year when trade union and employer groups worldwide, as well as individual organisations, remember those who have been killed or injured in work-related accidents.

In Ireland the figures are staggering.  In the 3 year period between 2014 and 2016, 156 people were killed in work-related accidents and thousands more badly injured. Last year alone 45 people were killed.  These are shocking statistics by any standards.

Worker safety and health is everyone’s business and can only be tackled through a collaborative approach. April 28th presents an important opportunity to remember and to consolidate everyone’s focus around a single day. It will be an annually recurring national event. Please mark the date in your calendar and make the commitment to contribute to this most important challenge.

For further information visit