The Killybegs and District Chamber of Commerce has secured new office space for a period of two years, thanks to support from Donegal County Council.
The accommodation is situated at the new Niall Mór Community Enterprise Centre, on the site of the old Niall Mór National School.
Chamber Chairman Noel O’Donnell said the organisation is “absolutely delighted” to get such support from the Council.
“This is a very significant development and illustrates again the importance which Donegal County Council attaches to the Chamber and its role in the continued development of the business community in South West Donegal.”
He added: “The Chamber are facing the future with renewed vigour in the knowledge that we have the support of Donegal County Council and other State Agencies to assist business avail of the opportunities that are available for future sustainable growth of South West Donegal.”
Mr O’Donnell pointed to the recently published brochure on Killybegs Harbour, produced by the County Council as another welcome step forward. “This is an excellent Marketing Tool for local manufacturing and service companies. The brochure will be available at The Atlantic Ireland Conference in Dublin in October and will showcase the range of services available in Killybegs.
“Both of these initiatives have been sponsored by Donegal County Council for the development of Killybegs and the Chamber has been asked to administer and oversee the Killybegs Stand at the October Conference. It is significant for you as Chamber Members that the State Agencies are actively engaging with the Chamber and we should be encouraged by their positive attitude to the development of the new harbour facilities and the opportunities which will highlight Killybegs as a centre of excellence and a good place to do business.”
Mr O’Donnell said the Chamber was due to meet officials from the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority yesterday afternoon in an effort to get reinstatement of border inspection post status for Killybegs. “This would help lift the number of vessels visiting Killybegs and would have a welcome offshoot in creating employment in stevedoring and other services.”
However, he was not optimistic of an early result. “In all our communications with them, the SFPA has emphasised the difficulties involved in getting the status reinstated and government departments are so slow to change anything. We’re determined to keep pressing our case in this and for a reduction in synchralift charges.
“As regards the latter, we’ve been lobbying the Dept. in Clonakilty for this. The current charges are so high that many people are bringing their boats to Northern Ireland for repairs and maintenance. It’s been going on for over a year and seems to be bogged down in bureaucracy.”
Mr O’Donnell appealed to local business people to make their voices heard by becoming active members of the Chamber.
More information available by calling into the new office, phoning 087 688 9633 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.