Cavan Chamber of Commerce is to host a political debate in the Cavan Crystal Hotel next Wednesday, February 17, at 8pm. General Election candidates from the Cavan/Monaghan constituency have been invited to participate and members of the public will be afforded an opportunity to ask them questions.
Eddie Coleman, who was selected for a second term as president at the Chamber’s AGM in the Hotel Kilmore last week, told The Anglo-Celt that the delivery of inward investment and jobs will be high on the agenda. The debate will be screened by Cavan TV with the Celt’s Sean McMahon the moderator on the night.
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Reflecting on 2015, Mr Coleman said that it has been a good year for the Chamber. He pointed out that a high percentage of businesses are now open in Cavan Town and many of the premises that were for sale have now been purchased.
The number of businesses opening outweighed those closing, he said, and pointed to the ongoing €2m refurbishment programme by Donal and Karen Keogan at the Imperial Bar and Nightclub.
Mr Coleman said that it appeared that consumers shopped local last Christmas and sales in Cavan Town were up around 15% on the previous year.
The volume of Chamber vouchers hold was almost €100,000. The president said that this gives a good boost to the local economy, as the vouchers have to be used in Chamber member shops.
He further pointed out that the Chamber continues to work in co-operation with the local authority under the new CEO Tommy Ryan, local deputies and the Local Area Office.
Mr Coleman reflected on the success of a number of Chamber events over the past year, the annual dinner dance and the Taste of Cavan events - all of which are to be repeated and improved upon in 2016.
“We are also liaising with An Garda Siochana, with a view to re-launching the Business Watch Programme”, said Mr Coleman.
“We also engaged with national agencies such as Eirgrid, Connect Ireland, Age Action Ireland, Chambers Ireland and others. We will be striving even harder this year to further enhance the profile of the Chamber and the county,” said Mr Coleman.
“2016 is already shaping up to be another good year and the Nuffield Conference is scheduled for March. This will feature 120 scholars in the agriculture sector coming from all over the world to the Cavan Crystal Hotel for one week,” continued the Chamber chief.