Taking Ireland Beyond the Two-Speed Economy, opportunities from a Monaghan perspective – with Richard Curran

Taking Ireland Beyond the Two-Speed Economy, opportunities from a Monaghan perspective – with Richard Curran

This year’s Local Enterprise Week will see Monaghan LEO bring popular journalist, broadcaster and author Richard Curran to Monaghan to talk about his views on Irelands two speed economy.

Richard is currently a presenter on Dragon’s Den and presents the hugely popular The Business each Saturday on RTE Radio One. A former deputy editor of The Sunday Business Post, he currently writes for the Sunday Independent and Irish Independent. Richard has made a number of documentaries for RTE Television including Future Shock Property Crash in 2007, a documentary on the collapse of Irish Nationwide Building Society and most recently the Battle for Rural Ireland.
It is this topic that Richard will discuss at a free luncheon for businesses in Monaghan. Richard believes that while employment is down and growth forecasts are up but outside of the capital the picture looks very different. Rural Ireland is still reeling after the crash. Emigration and unemployment have hit communities hard and the evidence of a two-speed recovery is plain to see. He will look at these challenges from a Monaghan Perspective. Anyone wishing to listen to Richard can register for the LEO event on localenterprise.ie/monaghan. It takes places in the The Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross on Wednesday 9th March at 11am.

Local Enterprise Week:

Monaghan Chief Executive Eamonn O Sullivan has welcomed plans by the Local Enterprise Office to host inspiring events such as this around the county for start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners during Local Enterprise Week 2017. Entrepreneurs of all ages and stages of business development are invited to participate in workshops, seminars, advice clinics and one-to-one mentoring in areas such as: trading on-line, cyber security and intellectual property management.

Highlights of Local Enterprise Week in Monaghan are expected to include:

  • Keynote address by Richard Curran – Taking Ireland Beyond the Two-Speed Economy
  • Student Enterprise Awards
  • Launch of Monaghan Women in Business Network 2017
  • County Enterprise Awards
  • Expand Your Horizons – rural information and networking seminar

John McEnteggart of the Local Enterprise Office Monaghan said that Local Enterprise Week was the ideal ‘shop window’ to show the wide range of supports on offer to start-ups, sole traders and small businesses in Monaghan. He said: “Local Enterprise Week, which takes place from March 5th to 10th, is being approached collaboratively on a local and national scale between LEOs, local business communities, Government Departments, other units within Local Authorities, and State support agencies. We hope these events will inspire and motivate hundreds of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in Monaghan. Small businesses continue to be the backbone of our local economy, with huge potential to grow and create jobs.”

Details for all events can be found at www.localenterprise.ie/monaghan and Local Enterprise Office Monaghan is strongly advising businesses to book well in advance.