Car­low IT’s Dr Pa­tri­cia Mulc­ahy is IBEC’s new re­gional pres­i­dent

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THE Ibec South East Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (REC), the group that rep­re­sents busi­ness in the South East re­gion, has ap­pointed the Pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Car­low, Dr Pa­tri­cia Mulc­ahy, as the new Ibec South East Re­gional Pres­i­dent.

Dr Mulc­ahy is also chair­per­son of the South East Re­gional Skills Fo­rum.

Speak­ing of the im­por­tance of the Fo­rum, Ibec South East Re­gional Di­rec­tor John Far­rell said it pro­vides an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for em­ploy­ers and the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing providers in the re­gion to work to­gether in ad­dress­ing the skills needs in the South East.

Top­ics dis­cussed dur­ing last week’s meet­ing ranged from in­vest­ment and plan­ning pri­or­i­ties for the South East, to the chal­lenges of Brexit, and the mea­sures needed in the up­com­ing bud­get to in­stil con­fi­dence and sup­port the re­gion’s fu­ture growth.

Po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the meet­ing in­cluded Min­is­ter Paul Ke­hoe.

‘Busi­ness will play a crit­i­cal role in the fu­ture eco­nomic growth of the re­gion. It is im­per­a­tive that busi­ness takes the op­por­tu­nity to li­aise with pol­icy mak­ers in set­ting pri­or­i­ties to sup­port busi­ness and drive de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion,’ said Mr Far­rell.

‘Pri­or­ity must be given to the cre­ation of a Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity (TU) in the South East. Ibec is a strong sup­porter of the con­cept of a TU. The es­tab­lish­ment of a TU is very closely aligned with the eco­nomic needs of the South East. It would help at­tract in­ward in­vest­ment and re­tain re­gional tal­ent. The eco­nomic and so­cial pay­back for the re­gion would be sig­nif­i­cant,’ he said.

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