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Webinar : France & Ireland, together in a world turned upside-down

Terrific insights from Michael O'Sullivan on France and Ireland in the evolving global context and how both countries can learn from each other and benefit from future collaboration.

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Webinar : The Power of Networking in a PC (Post Covid) World

Kingsley Aikins highlights just why networking is so important in the current environment and shares some great advice on how to network effectively.

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Call For Applications - Ireland France Business Awards 2020

The France Ireland Chamber of Commerce and NetworkIrlande are pleased to inform you of their collaboration once again this year on the Annual Business Awards, the Franco-Irish business Award recognising excellence in the economic relationship between France and Ireland.

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Covid-19 : Helpful Resources

Our physical events are postponed for the moment and we realise that many of you are incredibly preoccupied with managing your business activities through the current crisis. Consequently, we would like to bring to your attention some great resources from your fellow members that address many of the issues you, as business people, have to cope with under these unprecedented circumstances.

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The third edition of our ever popular speed networking event Boost Your Network took place on Wednesday, January 29th at the offices of Grant Thornton in Neuilly.

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Annual Christmas Reception

The annual NetworkIrlande Christmas reception is often one of our most anticipated events of the year-end and 2019 did not disappoint!

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Ireland France Business Awards 2019

SMURFIT KAPPA France, SODEXO Ireland and KINGSPAN win the 2019 Ireland France Business Awards

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Inaugural Meeting of NetworkIrlande Occitanie

There was a terrific turnout of over 40 people for the inaugural meeting of NetworkIrlande Occitanie on November 26th.

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Pioneer Lunch 2019

The annual Pioneer lunch was hosted by H.E. Ambassador Patricia O’Brien at the Embassy of Ireland, Paris, on November 15th, 2019.

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Announcement of the Winners of the Ireland France Business Awards 2019

NetworkIrlande and the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the winners of the Ireland France Annual Business Awards 2019. 

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Brexit - Challenges and Opportunities for Ireland

NetworkIrlande in conjunction with Arbitration Ireland and the International Chamber of Commerce Ireland organised a presentation on ‘Brexit – Challenges and Opportunities for Ireland’ at the Embassy of Ireland, Paris on Thursday September 26th.

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NetworkIrlande Rentrée Event

NetworkIrlande members and guests were enthralled by Colonel Colm Doyle's presentation at our rentrée event on September 19th

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Luncheon at the Races 2019

Britain, Ireland, Australia and France – four nations famed for their penchant for sport and racing in particular ... so what better way to bring them all together than a day out at France Galop’s flagship racecourse, the Hippodrome d’Auteuil. 

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Franco Irish Trade Relations and Brexit 2019

Richard Dujardin President of NetworkIrland and Sinéad Lonergan, President of Enterprise Ireland in France, were interviewed on the RFI channel about the work being done on both sides of the Celtic Sea to prepare for the challenges ahead.

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St Patrick 2019

En cette St Patrick 2018,   plus de 20 lieux et monuments se sont parés d’émeraude,  dont L’obélisque place de la Concorde, les Galeries Lafayette, la Drugstore Publicis sur les Champs Elysées, le BHV,  et bien entendu, le Centre Culturel Irlandais et l’Ambassade d’Irlande. Lancé par Tourism Ireland  il y a quelques années cet éclairage festif de l’Irlande fait aujourd’hui partie du calendrier d’un grand nombre de métropoles du monde. #GlobalGreening

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NetworkIrlande – Tournoi des 6 Nations

Come join us support the boys in green !

In conjunction with Irish In France, we will be organising meet-ups during the  6 Nations Rugby Tournament 2019.

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Christmas Reception 2018

Monday, December 10th was held our traditional Christmas Reception at the Embassy of Ireland.

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Sodexo, Ding.com and JCDecaux win France-Ireland Business Awards

Ceremony and prizes recognise excellence whitin Franco-Irish business community

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Top 100 LGBT executives for 2018

Margot Slattery in Top Ten of the Top 100 LGBT executives for 2018



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#BoostYourNetwork2, an opportunity to create opportunities !

Following the success of the first edition of #BoostYourNetwork last year, NetworkIrlande, Australian Business in Europe-ABIE and the Franco-British Chamber collaborated again to organise #BoostYourNetwork2 on Tuesday the 16th October at the offices of Grant Thornton in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

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Announcement of the Winners of the Ireland France Business Awards 2018

The France Ireland Chamber of Commerce and NetworkIrlande are pleased to announce the winners of the Ireland France Annual Business Awards 2018. 



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About Blockchain at the Embassy of Ireland -September 18th

On 18 September, Ambassador O’Brien hosted a discussion on blockchain, with panellists from the sector

The event, organised in partnership with Networkirlande member Enterprise Ireland, attracted a large audience of which several were Networkirlande members.

The panellists were Fabien Aufrechter of Havas blockchain; Laura Clifford of ADAPT; John Hallahan of ConsenSys Solutions and Brian O’Hagan of Coinhouse. 

The panel was moderated by Pete Townsend of Norio Ventures and a very interesting exchange of views on the sector took place, followed by challenging questions from the audience.  Some of the issues addressed were the use of blockchain at work; the value of the technology; future uses of blockchain; its regulation and relevant teaching of it.  In her remarks opening the event, Ambassador O’Brien noted the importance of the sector in the Franco-Irish economic relationship; how it will deepen our relationship in that regard, and the government’s support for innovation in the sector. "

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NetworkIrlande sur BFM Business !


20 septembre : Richard DUJARDIN, Président de NetworkIrlande et Directeur Général France de Transdev a été interviewé sur le plateau de BFM Business. Il s'est exprimé avec conviction sur cette question aux conséquences économiques majeures pour les entreprises irlandaises : Brexit, faut-il rétablir une frontière irlandaise ? Il a illustré ses propos d'exemples concrets : nouvelle logistique pour SmurfitKappa (membre Pionnier), assistance de l'agence gouvernementale Enterprise Ireland aux sociétés irlandaises pour développer leurs marchés à l'international, tout en relevant que l'Irlande est bien le pays de l'UE qui connait la plus forte croissance économique.

Retrouvez l’intégralité de cette interview en cliquant ici

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Acquisition of the Irish Stock Exchange by Euronext.

On 13 September, Ambassador O’Brien, Honorary President of NetworkIrlande, addressed an event at Euronext’s headquarters to mark the acquisition of the Irish Stock Exchange by Euronext.

Stéphane Boujnah, CEO and Chairman of Euronext, Kyran McLaughlin, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Davy and Richard Dujardin, President of NetworkIrlande, initiator of this event, commented on the positive and dynamic aspect of this acquisition.

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This summer the municipalities of Nort-Sur-Erdre, Loire Atlantique, and Sixmilbridge, County Clare, Ireland, have signed the 151st twinning agreement between French and Irish towns and villages

Since the implementation of the twinning concept in the 1950s, more than 150 French and Irish towns and villages have found similarities in similar cultures. From Deauville twinned with the County of Kildare, through Brest twinned with Dun Laoghaire and Antibes Twinned with Kinsale a large number of cities have thus woven a network of friendship, exchange and business. 

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€10,000 Michel Deon Prize to be awarded for work of non-fiction

The Royal Irish Academy will choose a winner of the inaugural €10,000 Michel Déon Prize before the end of this year.

The prize will be awarded for the best work of non-fiction by a writer living in Ireland. It is named after the French writer Michel Déon, who lived for more than 40 years in the west of Ireland.

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Smurfit Kappa chief executive Tony Smurfit has been chosen as The Irish Times Business Person of the Month for July, an award run in association with KPMG.

Smurfit Kappa chief executive Tony Smurfit has been chosen as The Irish Times Business Person of the Month for July, an award run in association with KPMG.

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French connection may pay off for Irish firms post-Brexit

Companies anticipate growth in business with France after Britain leaves EU

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Tourism Ireland Teams With TripAdvisor to Promote Ancient East

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with TripAdvisor to promote Ireland’s Ancient East to holidaymakers in France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. The campaign will run until late July and is targeting people planning a short break or holiday, including those considering competitor destinations.

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Lyon’s annual fêtes consulaires 23 et 24 June 2018

Ambassador O’Brien, Honorary President of NetworkIrlande,  attended Lyon’s annual fêtes consulaires, an annual celebration for the consular corps in Lyon 23rd of June 2018

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Business meeting with Irish Diaspora of Lyon

On Friday 4th June, Enterprise Ireland hosted a “Networking Breakfast for Irish Professionals in Lyon” in the presence of Ambassador Patricia O’Brien, Honorary president of NetworkIrlande. 

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The 7th edition of “Lunch at the Races” organised annually by the FBCC, ABIE and NETWORKIRLANDE, held in the superb setting of the Hippodrome d’Auteuil, was a great success.

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Ireland France Business Awards 2018 - Call For Applications

NetworkIrlande and The France Ireland Chamber of Commerce are pleased to inform you of their collaboration once again this year on the Annual Business Awards, the Franco-Irish business Award recognising excellence in the economic relationship between France and Ireland.

The Awards will be made to companies selected by the Jury which will be chaired by Eoin Scott of Motherboard, and Treasurer / Secretary General of FICC. The Award winners will receive their awards during a Gala Dinner ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 22nd November 2018.

This is a great opportunity for you to nominate an organisation which you believe has been successful in promoting the expansion of trade and investment, together with the development of business links, between France and Ireland. There is also a special Jury’s Award for “Impact on Climate Change”. Companies may apply directly.

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Fête de l'Europe in Paris 12 & 13 May 2018

Ireland was well represented at the 2018 Europe Day, which took place in front of the Paris City Hall, on 12th and 13th May, by three associations:  An Ghaeltacht-sur-Seine , Paris Gaels GAA and   L’Association Irlandaise .


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Visit by the Minister Ciaran Cannon 25 & 26 April 2018

The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ciaran Cannon, T.D., visited Paris from 25-26 April

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Index ranks Irish nationality as ninth best in the world

 Ireland's quality of nationality has been ranked ninth best in the world, according to a new international index.

The ranking for 2017 moves us up from 11th place back in 2016.

Source: The Irish Examiner

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Ambition France 10th April 2018

Aimed at supporting Irish companies exporting to France “Ambition France”, the first in a series of Eurozone workshops, took place at Enterprise Ireland Tuesday 10 April - Terry McGivern Chief Operating officer of Smurfit Kappa and Vice President of NetworkIrlande shared his successful experienced in France with the many Irish enterprises present.

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Swiss bank tips Ireland, France as having best economic prospects

Ireland leads the euro area in four out of six metrics analysed by UBS, relating mainly to added productivity from a growing population

(Source The Irish Times 10th April 2018)

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Breakfast Meeting: Twelve months to go – what to expect regarding Brexit?

The breakfast meeting organised jointly by the Franco-British Chamber and Networkirlande on the theme “12 Months to Go: What to Expect Regarding Brexit?” was of great interest to members who packed the meeting room on the 5th April.

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GDPR Breakfast meeting with Grant Thornton Société d'Avocats, 27th March 2018

Are you ready for GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation to protect EU citizens’ data privacy comes into effect on Friday 25th May. The new regulation will impact all companies and organisations holding personal data on EU citizens and heralds sweeping changes to the treatment of personal information across the region. On Tuesday 27th March our members attended a breakfast conference on GDPR organised by NetworkIrlande in partnership with Grant Thornton Société d’Avocats.


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Brexit 'silver lining' to bring 2,500 jobs in Ireland over five years, says IDA

A Brexit "silver lining" will deliver 2,500 new jobs for Ireland over the next three to five years, IDA boss Martin Shanahan has claimed.

Mr Shanahan said the IDA very much regrets Brexit, but has been working on trying to get what advantages it can out of it since the shock vote on June 23, 2016. Many of the new jobs will be in pharmaceuticals and financial services.

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Minister for Employment and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, represented the government in Paris over the St Patrick’s Day period.

Minister for Employment and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D., represented the government in Paris over the St Patrick’s Day period, in a visit lasting two and a half days, and comprising 14 engagements.  

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Paris celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day 2018

Some might say that green is a cold colour but Paris was bathed in the warm glow of Ireland’s emerald green at festivities organised to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day throughout the weekend.

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The first Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Paris!

Organised by the association Irish in France

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CRH profits boosted by increased demand in Americas

Building materials group CRH has reported higher profits and revenues for 2017 as the company was boosted by increasing demand in the US and positive momentum in Europe.

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Irish tech firm InnaLabs wins €2.6m contract with the European Space Agency

Irish technology company InnaLabs has secured a €2.6 million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) less than a year after it received a near €1 million deal with the same organisation.

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