Shock defeat for North Kildare/Newbridge merger proposal

A proposal to create a joint county chamber of commerce has been defeated in a vote,

A proposal to create a joint county chamber of commerce has been defeated in a vote,

At the recent egm of North Kildare Chamber of Commerce, 28 of the 66 members attending the meeting voted against the proposal and 26 voted for it, writes Henry Bauress.

David O’Reilly, President of the Newbridge Chamber, said there were no objectors to the proposal at the meeting of the Newbridge Chamber of Commerce, which has 80 to 100 members.

Mr. O’Reilly said the county chamber will go ahead.

At the North Kildare agm in the Osprey hotel, the story was different. The Chamber has around 300 members and around fourteen are also members of Newbridge.

A number of objectors raised objections, some saying they were not happy that the interim committee had “steamrolled” through the proposal.

Eilish Quinlan, President of the North Kildare Chamber, said the result was a pity. A lot of work went into it and all the North Kildare committee members present at the final meeting before the joint report was issued. “We are all devastated,” said Ms. Quinlan, who is also a member of South Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Quinlan, who said she will join the new county chamber, said there has been a lot of feedback from members who did not attend the egm. She said they told her they thought the proposal was so obvious they did not need to come out to vote.