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What's in this week's issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly?

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Welcome to this week's issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly. This issue includes details of all the great virtual events we have coming up. 


Don't forget, if you have any company news or offers that you'd like to see featured in Dublin Chamber Weekly, please send it to us


We hope you enjoy this week's issue.


*Some of our events are only open to specific member categories.

Upcoming Sustainability Workshop - Places Going Fast!




Our final workshop of this round of the Dublin Chamber Sustainability Academy, sponsored by AIB, is our new carbon footprint measurement workshop taking place on Thursday 13th of May. We will share tools and processes necessary for companies to conduct their own carbon footprint according to best practice global standards.


Don't worry if you missed out on this round of workshops - keep an eye on our website for the next round of Sustainable Academy. 


13th May: Carbon Footprint Measurement - Book here!


On Wednesday 12th of May at 12 noon we will launch our Women Empower series kindly sponsored by Dublin Bus.


Our guest speaker Lord Mayor Hazel Chu will be joined by Dublin Bus CFO Andrea Keane, and Dublin Chamber President & Head of Business Banking, Market, AIB, Catherine Moroney on the day.


The speakers will discuss retaining and developing female talent, encouraging female participation at management and leadership level, building diverse teams and fostering inclusivity.


Lord Mayor Chu will also discuss female representation in politics in Ireland. Find more details here. 


Join us for our Monthly Speed Networking event on Friday 14th May at 12 noon.


Unlike a webinar or Zoom meeting our event will take place in a virtual networking space.


You will join a “table” of six to meet and speak directly to other Chamber members.


You will also be able to move from table to table to ensure you make plenty of new contacts on the day. More details here. 




Sponsor a Dublin Chamber event in 2021 to speak directly to Dublin’s business community, increase awareness of your key company priorities and engage with new and existing clients from within our growing network.


We have worked hard to transform our events programme to suit the virtual working world. We aim to support and educate our members on a broad range of topics including Digital Transformation, Sustainability, Brexit, Diversity and more. 


Please click here to read more on our sponsorship opportunities or email Ciara@dublinchamber.ie.



Join us to examine the theme of Sustainable Mobility on Tuesday 18th of May at 12 noon and explore how Ireland’s carbon emissions targets will require real innovation, ambition, and commitment to deliver transport solutions for a sustainable city. 


Our expert panel of speakers on the day will be Mark Teevan, Hydrogen Mobility Ireland. Fiona Brady, Head of Operations, Free Now and Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council. 


On the day you will learn about advances in micro-mobility, new fuel usage, and changes in how we interact with the urban environment. Find out more details here.



Boxer Eric Donovan will be joining us on 17th May at 12 noon for our Monday Wellness webinar kindly sponsored by BearingPoint.


Eric is an Irish professional boxer who is currently enjoying a 13-1 run in his professional career. He is the reigning Irish featherweight boxer, former five-time Irish amateur boxing champion and double European bronze medallist. 


On the day Eric will discuss his turbulent life journey so far including the many challenging situations he has had to overcome. 


He will share his insights on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, especially during these challenging times. Book here.




On Tuesday 15th June at 12 noon we will be joined by Bruce Daisley for an exclusive webinar on the Future of Work sponsored by Fujitsu Ireland.


Our guest speaker is an expert on the evolution of work and spent 12 years running Twitter in Europe and YouTube in the UK before writing his best selling books The Joy of Work and Eat Sleep Work Repeat.


Join us for a discussion on what the future of work will look like and what business leaders can do to prepare.


Bruce will discuss the impact of culture on organisations and employees, the role of culture in attracting and retaining talent and how you can create and maintain culture in a remote workplace. Book your place here.

Did You Miss Our Events? Catch Up Here!

On Tuesday 27th April we welcomed Paul Reid, CEO of the HSE to discuss “the HSE and Covid-19, where to from here?'', kindly sponsored by Ronan Daly Jermyn. Paul shared insights based on his own experience and discussed the key areas he has focused on since becoming CEO of the HSE in 2019. He also discussed the current challenging times and his focus on building systems to better manage financial accountability within the HSE. Watch it back here.


Earlier today we were joined by Catherine Toolan, Managing Director, Diageo Irish Brand Homes, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, and Paul Keeley, Director of Regional Development, Fáilte Ireland for our tourism briefing. Our speakers discussed how tourism is shaping up for the summer, Irish staycations, and what we can expect for the sector over the next 6 to 12 months as we look to plans to restart overseas tourism. Watch it back here.


On Thursday 17th June from 11am to 3:30pm we will hold our annual Dublin Chamber Golf Day, kindly sponsored by BearingPoint, which this year takes place on the O'Meara Course at Carton House.


The Dublin Chamber Golf Day has established itself as one of the best golf outings around, with a fun and relaxed atmosphere with lots of great prizes guaranteed.


The format on the day will be a four-person Texas Scramble, ensuring fun for all players regardless of standard. All players will be provided with a goody bag on arrival and a burger and drink will be served after 9 holes.


We have over 20 teams booked in so there are limited tee times remaining! Find out more here. 


Join us for our Maximise Your Dublin Chamber Membership virtual event on Thursday 24th June at 12 noon. This event will take place on our virtual networking space Remo.


At Maximise your Membership you will learn how you can make the most of the wide range of services we have to offer you and your business.


You'll also find out about opportunities to gain visibility for your company's brand through our wide range of promotional opportunities and learn about Dublin Chamber's lobbying activity. 


Opportunities for sponsorship, speaking slots and profiling for your business will all be outlined so you're up to date with all of the Chamber offerings. Book here.

More News
Chamber Consular Dept Open
We can still process your documents

Our Export and Consular Services department remains open for business and is accepting documents for certification and/or legalisation. Our EssCert platform for electronically stamping certificates of origin and other export or commercial documents can help minimise contact and encourage social distancing while still having your documents processed in a time effective and efficient manner. For further information please contact richard@dublinchamber.ie

Google for Small Business

Google has launched Google for Small Business, a new website which is specifically dedicated and designed for small Irish businesses to help them take their business online and continue to reach customers in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The free online platform essentially guides businesses along every step of their online journey, from setting up their Google Business Profile to creating a website. Read more here.


EY Economic Eye Forecast Report

EY’s Economic Eye Spring 2021 Forecast report offers comprehensive analysis and detailed forecasts of the all-island economy and global outlook.The first few months of 2021 have been difficult for the Irish economy and society but a period of strong economic growth is on the horizon, although, this comes with a material risk that a period of price inflation could be on its way. The combination of improved forecasts and the potential of a new era of investment ensures Ireland is well positioned for economic recovery. Read the report here.

Global Partnership for Getvisibility

Getvisibility and Waterford Technologies have announced signing a global partnership after a successful collaboration on several SME and Enterprise projects. The two companies based in Waterford and Cork, respectively, which Enterprise Ireland also supports, have decided to further strengthen their alliance with this expansion into a rapidly growing $10 billion market. Both companies provide complimentary data security, management and governance solutions. Read more here,

The Future of Healthcare

During a recent Dublin Chamber event Paul Reid, CEO of the Health Service Executive gave great insight into the HSE’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and the impact the crisis had on both the current and future delivery of care in the Irish healthcare system. He outlined that creating an environment where decisions could be made and acted upon quickly was central to its response strategy.

The future of healthcare is dependent on investment in digital assets and data


During a recent Dublin Chamber event Paul Reid, CEO of the Health Service Executive gave great insight into the HSE’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and the impact the crisis had on both the current and future delivery of care in the Irish healthcare system. Paul Reid outlined that creating an environment where decisions could be made and acted upon quickly was central to its response strategy. This strategy came with an acknowledgement that sometimes the wrong decisions would be made. This is not unexpected in the face of a healthcare tsunami which left health systems around the globe grappling to deal with a lack of beds, medics and equipment, not to mention a critical lack of data and no road map.


Behavioural science will tell us that left un-aided human beings are not the best decision makers. We tend to find and interpret information in a way that confirms our prior beliefs and we often don’t consider the global set of alternatives or realise that key data may be missing. All of that makes us ill-equipped for decision making during a crisis. We saw this play out with terrifying consequences in the early days of the pandemic when governments and policymakers from the UK to the US interpreted the data in a way which focused on facilitating the least disruptive way out of the crisis at the expense of public health.


It is not surprising then, that in the aftermath of a crisis we lament the fact that we lacked the data we needed to respond appropriately. We have seen this with the banking crisis of 2007 which showed regulators that they had far too little information about vulnerabilities in the financial system thus prompting the development of more sophisticated data capture going forward. The current health crisis should prompt us to ramp up investment in the collection of public health data so that data scientists, developers and policy makers can be facilitated in building ethical and robust data infrastructures for health care systems of the future upon a foundation of reliable data.


Development of such infrastructures and the use of big data in healthcare is not without challenge and there are a myriad of legal and regulatory issues to navigate.


Given the pace at which big data is employing artificial intelligence and machine learning in solutions means that the regulatory environment is constantly playing catch-up and the lack of clarity inhibits innovation.


Navigating the patchwork system of global personal data legislation, which includes four distinct data zones and a dearth of legislation in many jurisdictions is also problematic in implementing cross border solutions.


New data infrastructures will also heighten cyber security concerns for health systems. With the role out of 5G and more connected devices, the implementation of the right security controls will be more critical than ever.


It is imperative that stakeholders work together to overcome these obstacles in order to implement the big structural changes that are required in the health systems in Ireland and across the globe. If anything, the “America First” for vaccination strategy or the EU v AstraZeneca supply debacle have illustrated that we need to adopt a One World approach for any long term healthcare transformation to work in a post Covid environment.


Better public health data is key in resourcing a move to a health system that is agile, patient centric and community based. The legacy of Covid-19 in the healthcare system could be that short term priorities stifle long term advancement or it could be that decisions in healthcare are made at pace, based on reliable global data and in the knowledge that they are more than likely the right decisions.


Given the right investment and drive, Ireland is well placed to become a recognised leader in the global digital health revolution.


Marie Gavin is a corporate solicitor in Ronan Daly Jermyn and a member of the firm’s healthcare team. She advises clients on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and commercial contracts and is a trusted advisor to many clients in the medtech sector.