Can Enterprise Ireland break its own record?

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John Moran, a  former head of the Department of Finance, will address the Institute for Securities & Investment on what the new European landscape looks like for Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

John Moran, a former head of the Department of Finance, will address the Institute for Securities & Investment on what the new European landscape looks like for Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

 

MONDAY

Meetings: Launch of Ibec’s Low Carbon Transition Roadmap (Ibec offices, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin).

TUESDAY

Indicators: Irish overseas travel (April); euro zone loan growth and money supply (April), business and consumer confidence (May), services, economic and industrial sentiment (May), consumer inflation expectations (May); UK mortgage approvals (April); German consumer confidence (June); US house price index (March), consumer confidence (May).

Meetings: Ires Reit agm (Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin); Fraud Prevention Conference (Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, Molesworth Street, Dublin); Dublin Chamber’s Dublin Tourism evening (EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum , CHQ, Dublin).

WEDNESDAY

Results: Abercrombie & Fitch.

Indicators: Irish traders and the UK (2017), retail sales (April); import prices (April), unemployment (May).

Meetings: Repositioning Ireland in an Increasingly Divided EU 27 – address by John Moran to the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin); The Executive Institute’s Women in Leadership event (The Alex Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin); Economic and Social Research Institute Pensions and Retirement Conference (ESRI, James Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin.

What do the European elections mean?

It is a different Europe today and what has emerged over the weekend will be picked apart by business and political commentators throughout the continent.

In one of many such postmortems here, former secretary general of the Department of Finance John Moran will examine the new landscape at a Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment event. Given his background – Mr Moran is also a founder of RHH International and a board member of the European Investment Bank – his views will be of some considerable interest.

According to the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) , he will focus on “how Ireland may fare in a Union where extremes may hold greater sway, populism is a renewed force, and where potentially the UK is absent”. Ahead of the event, the degree to which those potentials have played out was of course unknown. It has the sound of a film pitch although many are already exhausted by the drama.

Mr Moran will place the European results against the backdrop of the local elections and what particular relevance they might have to spending priorities for the Government. He will also look at how Ireland might position itself as a small country in the new political groupings.

It “will be a timely and insightful take from an experienced and informed speaker on the realpolitik of the new Europe,” noted Frank O’Riordan, CISI president.

THURSDAY

Results: Dell Technologies, Gap.

Indicators: UK Nationwide housing prices (May); US corporate profits (Q1), GDP price index (Q1).

Meetings: Launch of Enterprise Ireland’s 2018 Export Results (Asavie, 100 Mount Street Lower, Dublin); Techconnect Live event on technology in business (RDS, Dublin); National Finance Summit (RDS); Economic and Social Research Institute event on UK inflation (ESRI, James Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin).

Enterprise Ireland’s export results

In a modern economic world where debate is fixed on trade deals and exports, can Enterprise Ireland break its own record set last year? We will find out on Thursday when the agency responsible for helping Irish companies access foreign markets releases its results for 2018.

“Set against the continuing backdrop and uncertainty of Brexit...(it) will include insight into the markets and sectors that have performed best in the last year,” the agency said ahead of the results, due to be launched by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys.

2017 set a high bar in terms of market diversification – a key counter-Brexit tactic – which saw a record €22.71 billion worth of products sent overseas. It marked a 7 per cent increase on 2016.

At the time of those results, Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon noted growth in the UK market was achieved despite the obvious concerns.

“Clients are taking the necessary actions to offset the impact and manage the risks posed by Brexit,” she said.

Events this week and in the coming weeks give renewed impetus to such weighty considerations.

FRIDAY

Results: Wizz Air Holdings, Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Indicators: UK consumer confidence (May), Bank of England consumer credit (April), net lending to individuals (April), mortgage lending and approvals (April); German retail sales (April), inflation (May); US PCE price index (April), personal income and spending (April).

Meetings: Hostelworld agm (One Central Park, Leopardstown, Dublin); Total Produce agm (Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin).

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