John Mullins re-elected as Cork Chamber President

Speaking after his re-election at Cork Chamber’s 193rd Annual General Meeting, held in the Imperial Hotel today (14/05/2012), Chamber President Mr. John Mullins outlined his priorities for his second 12 month term of office and congratulated Ms. Gillian Keating on her election as Vice President of Cork Chamber.

Addressing the meeting Mr. Mullins said, “We sincerely wish Gillian the best in the year ahead as she prepares to take over the helm at the Chamber. It is my hope that Gillian will be the first female President of Cork Chamber and I believe that it will send a message for more women in our region to take more leadership roles in business. I would also like to congratulate those who have been elected to the Board – Mr. Denis Collins and Mr. Dan O’Sullivan and wish them the very best; as the ICT and Hotel sectors are vital cogs in our economy.”

“Cork Chamber has immediate priorities at this time. Cork airport has a key role in the region’s economy and we now need to support a new case for separation of Cork Airport, following Minister Varadkar’s decision to separate Shannon Airport from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) last week. An independent local airport company with a strong balance sheet and a sustainable debt level, free from the control of the DAA is the preferred outcome for the region and the Chamber will be promoting a working group to work with the DAA on the ultimate separation of Cork Airport from the DAA to ensure this happens,” Mr. Mullins continued.

Discussing the upcoming fiscal treaty referendum Mr. Mullins said “We in the Chamber of Commerce say Yes to the treaty and No to the fantasy economists. It is vital that we build confidence in Ireland among the international business community. Confidence is the foundation on which we can grow new business and investment in this country and create jobs. I urge all employers and employees to show strong leadership and vote yes on 31st May”.

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