All quiet on Kildare’s Chamber merger front

Eilis Quinlan, President North Kildare Chamber with Minister Richard Bruton, at a recent Chamber Conference.
MOVES to create a single chamber of commerce for Kildare may progress behind the scenes following the defeat of a motion to that effect at the recent egm of North Kildare Chamber of Commerce.

MOVES to create a single chamber of commerce for Kildare may progress behind the scenes following the defeat of a motion to that effect at the recent egm of North Kildare Chamber of Commerce.

Two of the county’s Chambers recently held egm votes on a merger. Newbridge Chamber members agreed to the proposal but the North Kildare attendance rejected the move. A recent meeting of the North Kildare body, its committee appear to have opted not to comment publicly.

Twenty eight of the 66 members attending the meeting voted against the proposal and 26 voted for it.

Following the vote, 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 but it is not clear yet to what direction this will take.

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

After the defeated motion, Eilish Quinlan, President of the North Kildare Chamber, said the result was a pity.

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 need to come out to vote, due to full support for it..