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National businesswoman of the year award for Irene

KILRUSH woman, Irene Hamilton won the Network Ireland National Businesswoman of the Year award at the group’s national conference in Westport recently.Daughter of Brendan and Rita Griffin, Irene is now based in Limerick, as regional managing director for Johnston Press, and is responsible for such long-established titles as The Limerick Leader, The Clonmel Nationalist and The Tipperary Star, as well as South Tipp Today.Commenting on her win, she said she was delighted and honoured to receive the prestigious award. She acknowledged the support she received from Network Ireland national president Úna Murphy and all the members of Network Ireland and praised the group for their invaluable work in providing both an effective business and social networking platform for women in business right across the country.The judging panel for the awards included Suzanne Kelly, barrister-at-law and fellow of the Irish Taxation Institute and Kevin MacCourt, executive head of learning and development, AIB Bank.The conference theme was Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, …

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163 jobs saved at Element 6

IT now seems certain that the sustainability plan for Element 6 in Shannon will be implemented, with 163 of the 370 jobs that were originally facing the axe, now to be retained.Members of SIPTU, the largest trade union at the company, have voted in favour of the sustainability plan. While the TEEU have yet to finish voting on it, a representative said that it is now a “foregone conclusion” that it will be implemented. The UNITE staff group, which is the second-largest grouping, with around 70 members, are set to vote in the coming days but a representative said he believed almost all members would be voting in favour of it.It had been widely expected that workers would be in favour of the plan after the company agreed to accept a Labour Court recommendation assuring departing workers of a superior redundancy package than that originally offered.Workers are to receive around four weeks pay per year of service plus two weeks …

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Free Zone financial firm expands into the US

The Atlantic Way Alliance has helped to pave the way for an expansion into the US by a Shannon Free Zone venture and to open up a new chapter in the career of one of its senior staff. When the Atlantic Way played host in June to a business delegation from Florida, it provided a solution to a lengthy search for a suitable location for expansion into the US by PacNet Services.

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Sub-committee for West Clare jobs

Employment Task Force has been established to come up with a timeframe and a plan of action for the committee, which was established three years ago.

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Enterprise Expo to put Mid-West on the map

BUSINESS gurus from across the spectrum will gather at Westpark Business Campus in Shannon next week to hammer home the point that doing business in the Mid-West is still a very viable option.

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Inaugural business week for the Mid-West

SEMINARS, workshops, networking events and courses addressing relevant business topics will underpin next week’s inaugural Mid-West Regional Business Week.

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Turning water into jobs at Lissycasey plant

CLARE Spring Water Limited is expected to confirm a boost in jobs at the official opening of its new €4.2 million Lissycasey pure spring water bottling plant by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen on Monday.

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Clare retailers hit by lure of Limerick

CLARE is being used as a “pawn” in a retail row between Limerick City and County, with the Mid-West Regional Authority leaving the county’s retail sector short, it has been claimed.

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