Speaking at Cork Chamber’s 200th AGM, new Chamber President Paula Cogan, Sales Director at the Doyle Collection spoke passionately about the need for active citizenship, sustainability and most critically delivery on commitments made if Cork is to excel on a global stage.
Speaking of the role of businesses as active citizens in 2019, President Cogan said;
“We must work increasingly harder to build consensus and trust in our companies, institutions and systems. Expectations have never been higher. They have also never been more varied in outlook. We must have confidence in the values in which we’ve been raised. We must speak with fair minded words. But ultimately to build trust we must deliver on our words.”
With delivery of Ireland 2040 fast becoming an area of concern for the business community Presidents Cogan said;
“It is essential that the commitments of Ireland 2040 are delivered, or our confidence will be undermined. Infrastructure is the neutral enabler. From bike schemes, to bus corridors and motorways, each has their part to play in creating a City that is globally magnetic.”
“Ultimately, we are 14 months from the announcement of Ireland 2040 and progress, relative to that delivered by the private sector, is slow. We need a laser sharp delivery focus from Government in 2019 or our reputation for infrastructural delivery among the global and local business community will be on the line. Every state agency, civil servant and policy document must acknowledge the specific role of Cork in Ireland 2040.”
Speaking on the Event Centre President Cogan said;
“The message from Cork Chamber is very clear. The commitments of all involved parties must be honoured and progressed with the utmost haste. We expect clarity from cabinet in Cork this Wednesday, on the administration and funding of the Centre and this must be met with clarity on delivery.”
With active citizenship and a focus on future generations firmly elevated by President Cogan, she finished by stating the unparallel necessity for a real awakening on the issue of sustainability.
“Sustainability must be part of our life and not a projected morality or a nice to have add on. We see our young people taking to the streets. The issue was raised incessantly in our ‘Future Forms’ Glucksman workshops of over 1,000 students. This is why the Cork Chamber champions sustainable transport, renewable energy, density, infrastructure and placemaking. This is why our members prioritise sustainable transport and accommodation. If our City region is anything short of exemplary in these fields then we have failed the next generation of investors, innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers. A City region that stagnates very quickly becomes an irrelevance.”