Learn at Lunch: Mediation Briefing


Waterford Chamber 

Waterford Chamber and Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators are delighted to host the next Learn at Lunch event.


Mediation is a flexible settlement technique, conducted privately and confidentially, in which a mediator acts as a neutral facilitator to help the parties try to arrive at a negotiated settlement of their dispute.


Click here for details of the Business and Commercial Mediation Scheme launched in 2015, an initiative of Chambers Ireland, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Law Society, the Bar Council of Ireland and the Mediator's Institute of Ireland. The scheme provides a free initial consultation with a mediator and the participants have control of the mediation costs.


This event should appeal to all business owners and directors, accountants in practice and solicitors. Two Law Society CPD Hours available.


Date: Thursday, 25th February
Venue: Edmund Rice Heritage Centre
Time: 12.30–2.30pm
Cost: €20 euro (including light lunch)


BOOKINGS: Call Lynda at 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Why is mediation good for business?

  • Preserves business relations
  • Encourages open dialogue
  • Time & Cost effective


What kind of cases are suitable for mediation?

  • Boardroom, Partnership & Shareholder disputes
  • Defamation & Debt Resolution
  • Contractual disputes & Negligence
  • Employment disputes




Siobhan Fahey
Dungarvan-based Chartered Engineer and Chartered Arbitrator Siobhan Fahey has operated as an independent consultant since 2004, specialising in dispute resolution on construction and civil engineering projects. In that time, Siobhan has proven her experience in dealing positively with professionals from both engineering and backgrounds, to promote dispute avoidance and to bring a practical approach to disputes. Siobhan’s particular expertise and training is in conciliation and arbitration.


James O'Donoghue
James O’Donoghue is a partner in Bluett & O’Donoghue Architects, with offices in both Kilkenny and Dublin. A graduate of DIT and Trinity College, James is active as an Arbitrator and Mediator in International Commercial Dispute Resolution on Built Environment Matters and has a special interest in Project Management and Legal Affairs.


Anne-Marie Blaney
Anne-Marie Blaney is Chair of the Irish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and on the Chambers Ireland Mediation Scheme steering group. She practices as a Solicitor and is an active  mediator listed on a number of panels including  the Law Society of Ireland List of Solicitor Mediators.

Shortlist announced for Waterford Business Awards


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Thirty of Waterford’s top businesses have been shortlisted for the second annual Waterford Business Awards, organised by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm.


The gala awards ceremony will take place on Friday, March 4th in Faithlegg House Hotel, where the selected businesses will be celebrated for their extraordinary contribution to the economic life of Waterford.


Speaking about the awards, Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer said, “Waterford Chamber is delighted to celebrate the best in business in the City and County and to also encourage and nurture the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit which is evident. We would like to thank our sponsors and partners who have helped enable us to make the awards happen again this year.”


Frank O’Regan, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said he and his fellow were very impressed with the calibre and the variety of hugely successful businesses who entered, including social and arts groups, festivals, SMEs and multi-nationals.


Commenting on the decision-making process and the standard Mr. O’Regan said, “This is the second year of the Waterford Business Awards and we are delighted to see a huge increase in the number of nominations received for these prestigious awards, which of course made the decisions even more difficult for the judging panel. The entries demonstrated the variety of hugely successful businesses, groups and individuals doing business from and within Waterford. It was a very tough decision-making process and we as a panel would have liked to include even more than the 30 successful businesses shortlisted this year.”


The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for all ten categories. An independent judging panel, including Bill Halley; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLRfm; Lisa Grant, Waterford City & County Council; John Noonan, Flahavans; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, decided upon the finalist shortlist after a rigorous judging analysis of each application.


Three businesses have been shortlisted for each of the ten categories and the winners of those categories will then go head to head in the hope of claiming the Overall Waterford Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.


The Waterford Business Awards shortlist includes the following businesses.


ARTS & CULTURE (sponsored by Genzyme)

Garter Lane Arts Centre

Waterford Healing Arts Trust

Waterford Youth Arts


BEST SMALL BUSINESS (sponsored by AIB Bank)



Kearney Engineering


COMMUNITY & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel/Tower Hotel)

GIY Ireland

Lady Lane

Waterford Hospice


FOOD & AGRI (sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Dungarvan Brewing Company


Walsh’s Bakehouse


INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY (sponsored by Coillte Panel Products)





MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY (sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology)


Q1 Scientific

TEVA Pharmaceuticals


BEST NEW BUSINESS (sponsored by Waterford City Enterprise Centre)

Suir Sprayers

Pip and Pear

Lismore Food Company


RETAIL (sponsored by Clock Tower Car Park)

Caulfield’s SuperValu

Lloyd’s Hair

Sienna Home Furnishings


SERVICES (sponsored by RIKON)


Home Instead Senior Care



TOURISM & HOSPITALITY (sponsored by Waterford Airport) 

Bodega Restaurant

Theatre Royal


A Vision for 2021 - A Manifesto for Ireland's Future from the Irish Chamber Network


Vision 2021Chambers Ireland has launched A Vision for 2021 – A Manifesto for Ireland’s Future from the Irish Chamber Network. Vision 2021 sets out long term strategic goals for investment and economic development to make Ireland a more attractive place to live and work by 2021.


Nick Donnelly, CEO, Waterford Chamber said, “Ireland has come through one of the most difficult periods of its history. In just a few short years we have emerged from an international bailout programme to become one of the strongest performing economies in Europe. We cannot overstate how crucial this General Election will be for Ireland’s development. It is a pivotal moment in Ireland’s history and will determine how our economy and society evolves in the future.


“Our economic recovery has been as remarkable as it is precarious. Much of our growth has been as a result of factors completely outside our control or influence; historically low oil prices, high levels of demand for our exports and currency movements that went in our favour. These can turn against us very rapidly, and our economy needs to be prepared for it. The next Government, whatever its complexion, must be resolute in their commitment to secure and sustain our economic future. We must focus on the development of capacity to grow, including a comprehensive capital investment strategy drawn up in line with the National Planning Framework, while at the same time continuing to manage current expenditure carefully within an ongoing program of reform and evolution.


“We believe it is incumbent on candidates to consider the long term sustainability of our economy when developing their economic positions in advance of the election. Our manifesto sets out what we believe to be the strategic priorities needed to deliver our vision for a thriving Irish economy and society in 2021. These priorities are set out within five categories which range from issues relevant to small business owners to issues important to international trade, all with a long term view on how to achieve our Vision for 2021. The five categories: Supporting Irish Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Supporting our People, Planning for Growth, Investing for our Future and Ireland in the Global Economy, outline the necessary steps to bring the Irish economy to a mature phase of growth and stability.”


 A Vision for 2021 - A Manifesto for Ireland's Future from the Irish Chamber Network


Some of the key points of Manifesto:


  • Maintain a broad tax base – The next Government must avoid repeating mistakes of the past and should ensure a broad tax base by maintaining or expanding user-based taxes and charges. These charges are progressive and encourage sustainability.
  • Maintaining Competitiveness of Irish Business – The next government must be vigilant of rising business costs that could potentially undermine competitiveness. Unless there is a clear and compelling case for increases in the National Minimum Wage, restraint should be exercised.
  • Childcare – A significantly higher level of Government investment in early childhood education and care is essential. We recommend that the next Government bring annual investment in early childhood education in line with UNICEF guideline of 1% with greater emphasis on quality of childcare and access to after-school services.
  • Education and Skills – The next Government must develop a strategic plan to ensure that the education system supports economic development and the skills needs of the economy.
  • Housing – There are currently 12 Government agencies involved and having responsibility for housing. The next Government must establish greater policy coherence at a national level through the establishment of a single overarching body which links all these disparate agencies together and which can focus on resolving short term issues and plan for long term housing demands.
  • National Planning Framework – The next Government must publish the National Planning Framework with clear commitment to have the Framework in place by the end of 2016 and to ensure political and governmental, nationally and locally, to its implementation.
  • Capital Investment – The establishment of a National Infrastructure Commission; an independent body that would depoliticise nationally important capital investment decisions. This would provide future Governments with independent verification that specific projects are being commissioned in the national interest and de-politicise essential infrastructure projects.
Pre-Election Debate for Waterford business community



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General Election candidates set out their stall at Chambers Pre-Election Debate

Seven general election candidates for Waterford took to the stage of the Theatre Royal on Thursday evening (28th January) to take part in a Pre-Election Debate, jointly hosted by Waterford and Dungarvan & West Waterford Chambers.


Taking to the podium on the night in front of a large crowd of business people, to set out their ambitions were Paudie Coffey, Fine Gael; Ciara Conway, Labour Party; John Halligan, Independent; Mary Butler, Fianna Fail; David Cullinane, Sinn Fein; Mailo Power, Renua and Grace O’Sullivan, Green Party. John Deasy, Fine Gael and Una Dunphy, People Before Profit had sent their apologies to the organisers of the event.


Facilitator Ian Noctor introduced the topics to be focused on which the business community of the city and county had submitted in advance of the debate. They included, Supporting Local Enterprise, Supporting our People, Planning for Growth, and Investing for our Future and Waterford in the National Economy.


Opening the event, Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer said: “General Election 2016 will prove to be a pivotal moment in the evolution of the Irish State. The next Government returned by the people will ultimately be responsible for overseeing a transformative process whereby Ireland moves permanently into a more mature phase of economic growth.


“Having contributed to and reviewed the Chambers Ireland Manifesto, we believe the preeminent concern of candidates and political parties must be their commitment to providing a stable Government, prudent economic management, sustainable growth and investment in our future.”


He concluded by saying, “Waterford is and has always been a great place to live, work and do business. We now want to look to the future as a time for growth, a time where the next generation can be innovators, educators and entrepreneurs. It’s a time to be positive and we can drive Waterford forward as a key urban centre in the Ireland of the future.


“The government elect of 2016 will play a huge part in developing that future, so tonight we encourage you to listen, learn and question. The future is in our hands and we must choose wisely.”


Following some lively debate between the candidates, the night concluded with questions from the audience, which was made up of Waterford, Tramore and Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber members. The event was kindly sponsored by Finance Ireland Leasing.


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