Government Support for AWD Irish Trade Links


It was a busy morning in Dublin yesterday as Malachy met MSP Ivan McKee, Scottish Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, at the Dublin offices of our client John Sisk and Son to discuss the temporary works provision for an exciting new project in the city.

Minister McKee, who is promoting trade links between Ireland and Scotland, was keen to meet Scottish businesses who export to Ireland. Limerick Councillor Eddie Ryan was also on hand to learn more about the benefits of international exporters within the Irish market.

The day started with a brief introduction to both companies. Pat Lucey, Sisk Civils MD, discussed Sisk's values led approach to their work, including collaboration, zero harm and 'giving the customer what they want'. Ross Cullen, Chief Engineer, also presented some case studies of major Sisk projects such as the Crossrail tunnel, and the Whitelee windfarm. Malachy also shared case studies of AWD projects in Ireland as well as describing our collaborative approach to design which has been so successful.

Minister McKee also had the opportunity to ask questions and discover the challenges faced by Scottish companies exporting in Ireland including the impact of Brexit. Councillor Eddie Ryan also discussed the Limerick 2030 development strategy which will bring further enterprise and investment to Ireland with many opportunities available for international exporters.

Councillor Ryan, a Limerick native, also took the opportunity to present Minister McKee with a hurley, sliotar and Limerick GAA All Ireland champions jersey to commemorate his visit.

Malachy said, “We are delighted that the Minister McKee recognises us as an example of a Scottish business experiencing success with international exporting, and it was great to show him behind the scenes of how we build strong working relationships with our Irish clients.  Ireland is a great place to work, with many exciting opportunities in engineering and construction, and the past 18 months has seen us work increasingly more across Ireland with excellent support from Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International who have a range of talented advisors and resources to support companies like ours achieve success.”

Yesterday’s visit comes only a few weeks after MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun Alan Brown visited our Kilmarnock offices to take a closer look at growing Ayrshire businesses and we are delighted to receive such support from local and national government.

Thanks to Minister McKee and to all at John Sisk and Son for hosting the meeting, as well as Sandy McPhee, Deputy Head of Scottish Government in Ireland and Emma Shiels, Head of Trade & Investment, SDI Ireland who organised the event.