Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, launches Greater Dublin’s Greater Than Ever (#GDGTE) Initiative


The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr launched his Greater Dublin’s Greater Than Ever #GDGTE initiative on Wednesday 11 January in the Oak Room of Dublin’s Mansion House. Minister for Financial Services, Eoghan Murphy T.D. was also in attendance and spoke at the launch.

The initiative comprises both a video and accompanying brochure (above) that are available to business and the public for open platform sharing.

Greater Dublin’s Greater Than Ever #GDGTE will market Dublin as a great place to set up and do business and highlights what the Greater Dublin Region has to offer to inward investor businesses looking to invest and establish an assured EU base.  It has been facilitated by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce who produced both a short promotional video and presentation brochure to promote the project.

The initiative aims to present the great case for investing in the Greater Dublin Region and has been supported by a number of key stakeholders operating in the Greater Dublin Region including CBRE, MERC Partners, Dublin Town and DIT.

The Promotional Video highlights what Dublin has to offer to potential investors under the headings “Our Success So Far”, “What Dublin Can Offer” and “Why Choose Dublin” with contributions from the Lord Mayor of Dublin; Minister of State Eoghan Murphy; the Dublin Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell; Ruth Curran, Managing Partner of MERC Partners Executive Search; Marie Hunt, Head of Research at CBRE; President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton;  Paul O’Kane, Chief Communications Officer, Dublin Airport; Dublin Town CEO, Richard Guiney; and South Dublin Chamber of Commerce CEO, Peter Byrne.

The accompanying brochure presents key facts relating to the attractiveness of Dublin for investment covering six key areas of financial services and regulation; infrastructure; access; skills and workforce; education and research; and as a location for startups and entrepreneurs.

Speaking ahead of the launch, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr said:

“For those companies that need to maintain an EU base post-Brexit, Dublin offers a great solution. Post-Brexit, Dublin will be the only English-speaking capital remaining in the EU. We have a highly-educated, skilled and enthusiastic workforce that has already attracted many of the world’s top companies to set-up here.

“In addition to this we are investing in the infrastructure that will be needed to support companies looking to establish a base in Dublin. The Dublin City Development Plan (2016-2022) will see many more houses, apartments, hotels and offices coming on stream, in addition to the significant development that is already underway.”

Minister for Financial Services Eoghan Murphy said of the project:

“I welcome the Lord Mayor’s initiative to shine a light on the strengths and attractions of the greater Dublin region at such a critical time for Ireland.  As a major European Financial Services centre, Dublin is home to 250 global financial institutions hosting half of the world’s top 50 banks and half of the top 20 insurance companies.

“Our Law, Labour and Location are highly compatible in support of an effective and efficient transition between jurisdictions. In my capacity as Minister for Financial Services I look forward to continue working with organisations such as the British Irish Chamber of Commerce to promote our international financial services offering.”

Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, John McGrane said:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Lord Mayor of Dublin with this initiative. As we move closer to the triggering of Article 50, it is more important than ever that we offer practical solutions to those affected by Brexit.

“There has been much spinning against Dublin from other cities looking to attract investment in this current climate of uncertainty. It is only right that Dublin, and Ireland, take a stand to tackle this negative publicity and to show potential investors that we are open for business and have the capacity to handle any potential new investment.”


The Greater Dublin’s Greater Than Ever initiative was started by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Brendan Carr as part of his Greater Dublin Region Brexit Taskforce. This Taskforce has brought together business and civic representation from across the greater Dublin region with the aim of setting out the Dublin Region’s merits to inward investor businesses and to support Dublin Region businesses to prosper in the UK and other export markets.



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