IoD Members' Update
March 2020

With the formation of the next Government after General Election 2020 still inconclusive at a time when EU-UK trade negotiations are about to begin in earnest and the Covid-19 coronavirus is also impacting international trade, the prevailing level of uncertainty for the business community remains a challenge.

These, and other, factors were addressed by Economist, Jim Power, at a recent IoD Evening Briefing which received glowing feedback from all present. The IoD recorded Jim's insightful and engaging presentation and you will find a link to that webcast below.

It seems hard to believe given our recent weather, but we are edging ever closer to our annual Spring Lunch which, this year, features one of the great leaders of Gaelic Football management, Jim Gavin. This event is also an excellent networking opportunity for our members and their guests.

We look forward to seeing you there.
McCann FitzGerald Factsheet
March 2020

Our sincere thanks to McCann FitzGerald for their ongoing assistance in producing the IoD Factsheets.

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IoD Spring Lunch
We are delighted to welcome Jim Gavin , Assistant Director with the Irish Aviation Authority and former Manager of the Dublin GAA Senior Football Team, as our guest speaker at the IoD Ireland Spring Lunch 2020 .

The event takes place on 27th March in the InterContinental Dublin Hotel , Dublin 4. Sincere thanks to   Duff & Phelps  for kindly sponsoring the event.

Book your place online now or email Sharon Kirwan or phone 01 411 0010.
The IoD Webcast
IoD Ireland members have exclusive access to our latest webcast video, Economic Update 2020 , in our Members' Area.
We've had wonderful feedback following this engaging and very popular IoD Evening Briefing, delivered to a capacity audience in the Westbury Hotel, Dublin, by Jim Power, Economist and Media Commentator . Jim offered an overview of the Irish economy, taking account of the key international and domestic economic and financial issues in 2020, including Brexit, interest rate prospects for the coming year, and the biggest risks to the global economy, from China to Europe and beyond, to Donald Trump's trade war, the Covid-19 coronavirus, and US election 2020. 

The IoD Morning and Evening Briefings series is kindly sponsored by Mazars .
Previous IoD webcasts are also available only in the Members' Area of our website. Please use your unique password to log-in and access the video.
Meet a Member
Derek Doyle is Managing Director of DS Supplies Ltd , a successful company that supplies high quality flooring and accessories along with DIY products to meet a wide range of specifications. Established in 1998, it is based in Dublin, wholesaling and distributing nationwide and is now exporting to the UK and Holland. Its focus is on new and innovative products and accessories and its experienced buying team makes regular trips to Europe and the Far East to continue improving and developing the range.

Since joining the IoD, how have you benefitted from your membership?
I have benefitted immensely by routinely attending the breakfast and evening briefings. I have also benefitted by developing my skills through IoD training days, particularly on topics such as leadership and strategy. 

What is the most important business lesson that you have learned in your career to date?
Not to be too hasty in decision making, sometimes it’s better to sleep on it and decide tomorrow.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring directors in Ireland?
To always be open to networking and to connect with a business mentor to obtain a different perspective on your business strategy. Don’t be afraid of failure.
Featured Events and Workshops
5th March

  *Daytime Event - Cork*

Presenter John Smyth CDir, Chartered Director
Time :  09:00 - 16:30
Venue : Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork
Cost : €425 ex VAT IoD members/€485 ex VAT non-members
12th March

*Daytime Event - Dublin*

Presenter :   Dr Simon Haslam, Strategy Consultant

Time : 09:00 - 16:30
Venue : Irish Management Institute, Sandyford Road, Dublin 16
Cost : €425 ex VAT for IoD members/ €485 ex VAT for non-members
26th March

  *Morning Event - Dublin*

Presenter Sarah Hipkin, Director, Data Protection, Mazars Ireland
Time :  07:30 - 09:00
Venue : The Grafton Suite, The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Cost : Free of charge. IoD members only

IoD Morning and Evening Briefings Series is kindly sponsored by Mazars
2nd April

*Daytime Event - Dublin*

Presenter : Carol Bolger CDir, Chartered Director

Time : 09:00 - 16:30
Venue : Irish Management Institute, Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16
Cost : €425 ex VAT IoD members/€485 ex VAT non-members

The IoD Blog
'Prioritising all stakeholders instead of just shareholders is not only the right thing to do for society, it is a prudent business move. Business need not fear the dual objective of profit and working to improve society.'

This is the view of Joe Carmody , Managing Director, Edelman Ireland, who writes this month's insightful blog , following the recent publication of the Edelman Trust Barometer 2020.

Previous blogs are also available on our website . If you are interested in contributing to our blog or for further information, please contact Paul O'Mahony at or call 01 411 0010.  
Video Focus
In this IoD Ireland video, Caroline Kirrane , Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder, outlines the key benefits to attending the workshop, 'Finance for Company Directors' . The workshop provides an understanding of company accounts, evaluating financial performance, and the right questions to ask as a company director. Interested in finding our more? Why not book a place in our upcoming workshop in Galway .
In Memoriam
The Institute of Directors in Ireland would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of  Ken Kilkenny , a member of the IoD for over 20 years, who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
IoD and Members in the News
Cork Independent : Institute of Directors Workshop in Cork (print edition, not online)
Southern Star, Cork : High-level training day for company directors (print edition, not online)
CRY FM, Youghal, Cork : Institute of Directors Workshop in Cork: live interview with IoD Ireland's Sheila Byrne (not online)
Galway City Tribune : D irector workshops in Galway (print edition, not online)
Connacht Tribune : Galway set to host director workshops (print edition, not online)
Business & Finance: CMO 100 Index Announced
IoD Member Benefits
Discounted Rates at Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
What is the member benefit?

  • 15% discount on advertised best available Bed & Breakfast rates.
  • 15% discount on meeting room hire.
  • 10% discount on green fees. 

Please note the above discounts are available on all bookings from Monday to Sunday and are not valid on special offers or packages. The offer is subject to availability.

Benefit availability

This benefit is available to all members until 31st December 2020.

About Druids Glen & Golf Resort

The five-star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort is nestled in 360 acres of countryside between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, yet only forty minutes from Dublin Airport and thirty minutes from Dublin city centre.

The resort offers 145 spacious guestrooms and suites, eight conference and event spaces, dining options to include Hugo’s Restaurant, which holds two AA Rosettes, Garden Rooms and Bar with one AA Rosette, and the Sycamore Lounge along with a spa, health club and two championship golf courses, Druids Glen and Druids Heath.

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort is owned by The Neville Hotel Group, an Irish Independent family owned company. The Neville Group, also owns and operates The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, The Tower Hotel in Waterford City, and The Kilkenny River Court Hotel.

Avail of your member benefit today

To avail of the discount, IoD members should call the Druids Glen reservations team directly on 01-287 0877 and quote your membership number or email , again quoting your membership number.

If enquiring about Corporate Golf Membership Packages, contact Marcus Doyle at the Druids Glen Resort and/or at 01- 281 2555.
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