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Welcome to the Q1 Better Dublin Bulletin

Dear Member,


In this new edition of Better Dublin Bulletin we bring you up to speed on the main areas we're currently lobbying on.


In this issue you'll find details of all that went on at last week's hugely successful AGM Dinner, an update on the progress of our recent submissions to Government, news of some great events we have coming up and a whole lot more.


As always, we welcome feedback on any issue that is currently facing your business.


Drop us a line via policy@dublinchamber.ie or join the conversation online by using the hashtag #BetterDublin.

AGM Dinner 2019 - A Round-Up of the Best Bits

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, was last Thursday confirmed as the Chamber's new President for 2019.  A sold out audience of more than 500 people gathered in the Intercontinental Hotel that evening to celebrate Niall's appointment. The event saw Niall make his inaugural address as President, laying out his main hopes and aims for his year in office - including his plans to embark on a study which will benchmark Dublin's global reputation. Niall's full speech can be read here.


We were also delighted to welcome An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to speak at the Dinner. Encouragingly, the Taoiseach made a number of firm commitments for Dublin in his speech, including a promise to deliver the MetroLink project. His full speech can also be read on our website.


A selection of the best pictures taken on the night can be found on our Facebook page.

Update on Recent Chamber Submissions

* Water Prices for Business *

The jury remains out on Irish Water’s plans for commercial water charges. We're expecting a decision from the CRU (Commission for Regulation of Utilities) in the very near future. Dublin Chamber has been fighting hard to prevent any price hikes for Dublin firms. The submission we made to the CRU can be read here.


* Corporate Tax Concerns *

The European Commission has again raised the prospect of undermining Irish sovereignty on corporation tax. A recent Commission document, the Roadmap on Taxation: More Efficient Law Making Procedures, suggests changing the voting system on taxation matters. Dublin Chamber has responded to the Commission's proposal with a submission (available here) and has been raising our concerns to Irish MEPs.


* A Plan for Dublin – Let’s Make it Happen *

The Chamber recently made a submission regarding the draft Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan for Dublin. Our submission is available online here. We've broadly welcomed the plan, but noted serious doubts about whether it will be implemented without the right structures in place.


* U2 Visitor Centre *

Planning permission has been approved for a new U2 Visitor Centre at Hanover Quay. Dublin Chamber made a submission to Dublin City Council last year in support of the planning application. We are delighted to see this project going ahead. You can read our press release here.


* College Green Plaza Trial *

Dublin Chamber's call for a trial pedestrianisation of College Green Plaza has received a warm welcome from Dublin City Council. It is reported that several one day trials will take place during July and August. Dublin Chamber has also welcomed moves by the Council to trial the pedestrianisation of Suffolk Street and also to pedestrianise Lower Liffey Street.


* A Directly Elected Mayor for Dublin? *

Speaking at the Chamber’s AGM Dinner last week, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reiterated his promise to hold a Citizens’ Assembly on the question of a directly elected mayor for Dublin. The Chamber has long supported a strong executive for the whole Dublin region, and has suggested a directly elected mayor as one possible model to be examined, so this is a positive step.


* MetroLink *

The National Transport Authority has confirmed to us that the publication of an updated MetroLink proposal is likely to happen in early March. The Chamber remains broadly supportive of the MetroLink plan. For more detail on that, see the full submission we made last year. Also, the NTA has intimated to us that the next version of the BusConnects plan will be published 'next summer'. Our submission on BusConnects is here.


If any of these issues (or others) are impacting on your business, please contact us via policy@dublinchamber.ie.

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More News
Public Affairs Team Changes

The Chamber has appointed Graeme McQueen as its new Head of Communications. Graeme takes up the position after spending the past 2 and a half years as the Chamber's Head of Public Affairs. We're also delighted to confirm Fergus Sharpe as our new Head of Public Affairs. Fergus has worked as part of the Chamber's Public Affairs team since late 2016.


Elsewhere, Adam McElligott has been appointed as Senior Marketing & Communications Executive, while Emma Hall has joined the team as PR & Events Executive.



Dates for Your Diary

Fri 8th March – Dublin Housing Briefing

Dublin City Planner John O’Hara will provide a briefing on the housing situation in Dublin, exclusively for Chamber members. O’Hara leads the Dublin Housing Supply Coordination Taskforce.


Thurs 28th March - Eoghan Murphy Event

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning, Eoghan Murphy, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the inaugural City Regions Ireland conference in Galway. City Regions Ireland (CRI) is alliance of Dublin Chamber and our fellow Chambers in Cork, Galway Limerick and Waterford.


Fri 5th April – European Election Hustings

Ahead of the European Parliament election on Friday 24th May, Dublin Chamber will be holding a debate between MEP candidates for the Dublin constituency. Hear directly from MEP hopefuls as they pitch their vision to a business audience. This event will be part of concerted Local & European Election campaigns that the Chamber will be running over the coming weeks.


* Booking for all 3 events will be open online soon. Keep an eye on our events page for more details.