Cork Chamber President Bill O’Connell, addressing a meeting of 600 people from across Ireland’s business, political and diplomatic landscape in Dublin last night, said a new Government minister was needed to drive the predicted growth in Cork and other cities across the country.
Mr Varadkar said ‘Cork’s economic story is one that we should be proud to tell worldwide’ as he praised the region as a leader in the areas of pharma/biopharma, manufacturing, ICT, financial services, and food and maritime industries.
Mr Varadkar said regional economic policy will promote the sustainable growth of Cork.
Meanwhile, the Chamber recognised businessman Frank Boland with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business Award’. Previous recipients include Dan and Linda Kiely of Voxpro; Seán O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex Group; Darina Allen of Ballymaloe and Brian McCarthy of Fexco.