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It’s only a bit of rain, it won’t kill you

Jackie Maguire, CE, Meath County Council 2nd March 2017 600 dead I was watching a food programme on TV the other night when the winter weather of 1947 was mentioned. The exceptionally bad weather that year caused severe food shortages and caused 600 people to die of the cold. Fortunately, I wasn’t alive for what […]

Professionally speaking

Jackie Magure, CE, Meath County Council 16th Feb 2017 Two highlights of the just published Irish Employment Monitor (January 2017), written by the international recruitment consultants Morgan McKinley (MM), caught my eye. The first was; “More niche skillsets are being sought after for regional fund operations in private equity and real estate and the market […]

Small is (also) beautiful

Jackie Maguire, CE, Meath County Council 10th February 2017 It’s not gloomy I’m not as pessimistic as some about the possibilities of American companies leaving Ireland and bringing it all back home to the States. For regulatory and tax reasons, many, if not most, of them will have to have an EU base and naturally […]

A hill of beans or a crock of gold?

Jackie Maguire, CEO, Meath County Council 31st January 2017  US to block early stage companies? Is it possible that US President Donald Trump is about to ban early stage entrepreneurs from outside the US from locating in the US? I’ve just been reading a story on the new online investment news website Axios (@Axios) written […]

A ‘Near America Experience®’

Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council 23rd January 2017  President Trump and Meath As we in Meath drive our #MakeItMeath campaign to attract jobs to an area of Europe we claim to be ‘most business friendly’ we have become aware of the ferocious competition for jobs from right around the world. And it’s understandable, […]

Howlers aren’t just monkeys

Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council  16th January 2017 A glaring blunder I only included the photo of Howler monkeys to attract your attention because what has got my attention was another type of howler (Oxford English Dictionary – howler – a glaring blunder). This particular howler was by by property professionals @LisneyIreland in this morning’s […]

Meath is here to help Dublin

   Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council 12th January 2017   Traffic nightmare As I was driving through Dublin the other day, trying to cross from Clontarf to a meeting near the Dáil, it struck me how horrendous the City’s traffic has become as the ‘Big Dig’ continues on the cross-city Luas line. What […]

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho! (it’s off to work we go…)

Jackie Maguire, CEO, Meath County Council Happy We’ve had good news on the double regarding employment this week. Official @CSOIreland figures show that the average unemployment rate for 2016 was 8.0%. That’s down from 9.5% in 2015 and almost half what it was at the height of the economic downturn. Analysts are broadly agreed that […]

Something big building in Meath

Jackie Maguire, CEO, Meath County Council Finally, housing is picking up We’re doing our best to play our part, as a local authority, in seeing the greatest number of houses built in the county, as quickly as possible.  A quick search of the online planning applications show that there’s a pretty impressive 16 pages of […]

Meath ticks all of the US’s boxes

Jackie Maguire , CEO, Meath County Council I’ve just been on the US government’s @SBSgov site, the American small business agency, where I came across a useful checklist of what a business should look for when seeking a location for their enterprises. I’m delighted to say that Meath ticks all of the US’s boxes, and […]