This is a time of increasing optimism about our economy and job prospects. Since its recent low point in mid-2012, employment in Ireland has increased by almost 150,000 and the past year alone has contributed a welcome 56,000 of that increase. The EU Commission expects our economy to grow this year by a remarkable 6% and to expand at the still high pace of 4.5% in 2016.

Where are the jobs being created? In what sectors of the economy? What are the range of qualifications needed? How do those wanting to work get access to the new jobs?

We all know in our community people of all ages who have great difficulty getting their foot on the first step on the ladder of employment or getting back into work after losing their job.

The panel of speakers will explore these trends and issues.


Jim Power is highly respected as an independent Economist and expert and articulate commentator on economic trends in Ireland. He contributes regularly to the Sunday Business Post and The Examiner newspapers. He is editor of the Friends First “Economic Outlook“ commentaries on the Irish economy. He teaches Business Economics at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD. His first book “Picking up the Pieces“ was published by Blackhall Publishing in 2009. Jim has a Master of Economic Science Degree from UCD.
Brendan Cannon is best known for his key management roles with the Intel Corporation (Ireland) based at Leixlip who employ directly over 4,500 people there. In his 18 year career with Intel (1997-2015), Brendan had senior management roles in Finance, Strategic Planning and Corporate Affairs.   He has recently taken on a new position as Managing Director of Adaptive Ireland Ltd, leading the expansion of the company worldwide. Adaptive is a leading data governance software company with a 15 year history of helping companies to adapt to increasing compliance, regulatory and governance requirements. Brendan holds an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin and has registered there for a PhD qualification.

Padraic White is Chairman of the Collins Mc Nicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group which is 25 years in business and which has first-hand experience of the demand for and supply of skilled people in Ireland. He chairs five other SME companies and is involved in economic development initiatives in Louth, Leitrim and Waterford. He was formerly Managing Director of the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland (IDA-Ireland). He is married to Senator Mary White, co-founder of Lir Chocolates. Padraic has a B.Comm degree from UCD and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.
All are welcome.

Senator Mary White

Fianna Fáll spokeperson on Jobs Enterprise and Innovation.

An Advocate for a new Approach to Childcare, Ageing & Ageism and sucide Prevention

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