Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today announced Edel Creely, Group Managing Director of Trilogy Technologies as its new President.
In an address to Ibec’s annual President’s Dinner at the RDS this evening, which will also be addressed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Ms Creely highlighted key priorities for business on tax, investment and Brexit (see attached pdf for full transcript).
On Brexit, she said: “Business is firmly in the dark as to where this process is ultimately heading. Given the risks, Government must make the case forcefully in Europe to allow for significant, direct intervention to help companies trade through any volatility and adjust to a new trading reality. We need an increased focus on cost-competitiveness and on our tax offering, as well as additional investment, to ensure Ireland remains an attractive place to live, work and invest.”
On Budget 2018 and tax policy, Ms Creely said: “We need a business and tax environment that rewards success, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, supports established companies reaching their full potential, and fosters continued investment by our multinationals. Next month’s budget should ensure our capital gains tax regime for entrepreneurs is better than the UK’s, and our personal tax rates are competitive internationally. It is vital that businesses can attract and retain mobile talent.”
On investment, Ms Creely said: “In addition to being an acute social concern, the housing crisis has become a major problem for businesses seeking to attract and retain quality staff. Many of our regions are not properly connected and risk being unable to take full advantage of the economic opportunities that are already evident. We have also failed to put in place a sustainable model to fund third-level education into the future.
“Without decisive, assertive action we risk leaving a new generation struggling and, at the same time, dangerously undermining our country’s attractiveness as a place to do business. We need to be more ambitious, more strategic and we need the political system to look far beyond the short-term electoral cycle.
“As a globalised hub of commerce, with a track record of resilience, depth and diversity, Ireland's business model is one of substance. With the right policies, the right incentives and the right climate, business can provide the economic boost to drive the country forward.”
About Edel: Since establishing Trilogy Technologies in 2009, Edel has successfully grown the company into one of the leading IT Managed Services providers in the Irish market, and more recently in the UK. Edel has a degree in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and has been a prominent champion of the indigenous tech sector, including during her tenure as Chair of the Irish Software Association, a forerunner to Ibec’s Technology Ireland.
Edel has been a member of the Government’s ICT Skills Action Plan for Jobs Steering Group, Enterprise Ireland’s Advisory Group on Strategy for Software Sector 2015 and currently serves on Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-up Advisory Panel. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Irish Computer Society in 2015, and earlier this year was Awarded TechExcellence IT Person of the Year.
Edel also serves on the Board of the Marie Keating Foundation and, in addition, is a classically-trained and accomplished violinist, playing regularly with The Hibernian Orchestra.
- Ibec President's Dinner Address 2017 final.pdf - 311 Kbytes