A Presentation by Dr Don Thornhill, Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council to the Economy Ireland Conference on "The Importance of Competitiveness in Economic Success".
26 Nov 2014
The Importance of Competitiveness in Economic Success
A presentation by Dr Don Thornhill and Conor Hand to the fifth annual tourism policy workshop.
22 Nov 2014
Competitiveness: Should we be Concerned?
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today (Wednesday) announced the new membership of the National Competitiveness Council ahead of its first meeting with the Minister in Government Buildings later today.
01 May 2013
Minister Bruton announces new membership of National Competitiveness Council to help reduce business costs and create jobs
The Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs today (Tuesday) announced the appointment of 6 Industry Partners to assist with the implementation and monitoring of the seven "Disruptive Reforms" identified by Government for implementation in 2013 as part of the Action Plan for Jobs.
12 Mar 2013
Government appoints leading private sector figures to help deliver on jobs plan
Dr Don Thornhill's speech to the Dublin Economic Workshop in Galway 20 October 2012.
15 Oct 2012
Competitiveness policy – Cad a dhéanfaimid feasta gan Troika?
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC), today (Thursday 19 July 2012) published its annual benchmarking report, Ireland's Competitive Scorecard 2012. This report, prepared for the Council by Forfás, provides a comprehensive assessment of Ireland’s competitiveness performance, using over 125 statistical indicators. The indicators are drawn from data sources such as Forfás, OECD, Eurostat, CSO and others.
19 Jul 2012
Stabilisation does not equate to recovery - Ireland must embrace change and implement a range of structural reforms - NCC
In a time of austerity and reduced demand, productivity offers significant potential to enhance competitiveness and living standards. Ireland's Productivity Performance 1980-2011 maps Ireland's productivity performance over the last three decades relative to the UK, the US, and the EU. The report analyses Ireland's performance at national and sectoral level.
04 May 2012
Higher productivity is a prerequisite for a return to growth and employment creation
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC), today (12 January 2012) published its annual policy report, Ireland's Competitiveness Challenge 2011, which outlines policies to address weaknesses in Ireland's competitiveness performance.
12 Jan 2012
Swift action needed to improve Ireland’s international competitiveness in the face of global economic uncertainty
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC), today published its annual benchmarking report, Ireland's Competitive Scorecard 2011. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of Ireland's competitiveness performance, using 127 statistical indicators which provide insights into Ireland’s ability to compete on world markets.
06 Sep 2011
National Competitiveness Council assesses Ireland's competitiveness performance and highlights seven areas of concern
Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2011 evaluates Ireland's relative cost competitiveness, identifies barriers to competitiveness and sets out actions needed to improve and sustain Ireland's competitiveness. The 2011 report finds that while there have been significant improvements in cost competitiveness over the last two years, further progress is required.
23 Jul 2011
Structural reform is needed to deliver enduring cost competitiveness – NCC
Dr. Don Thornhill's Speech to the Competition Authority 20th Annual Conference
13 Jul 2011
Competition is in the National Interest
"Repositioning Ireland as an internationally competitive location for doing business is essential to support sustainable economic growth and drive job creation" said National Competitiveness Council chairman Dr Don Thornhill, on the publication of the NCC's Annual Competitiveness Report.
03 Oct 2010
National Competitiveness Council publishes New Competitiveness Challenge
The Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2010 analyses our relative cost competitiveness performance across four key business inputs – labour, property, utilities (e.g. energy, water, waste, telecoms) and business services (e.g. accountancy and legal services). It also looks at the broader cost environment that indirectly affects the cost of doing business here.
22 Jul 2010
Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2010 Volume 1
The National Competitiveness Council reports on key competitiveness issues facing the Irish economy together with recommendations on policy actions required to enhance Ireland's competitive position.
One of the NCC's annual publications is Benchmarking Ireland’s Performance. In 2009, this analysis of Ireland’s competitiveness performance used approximately 140 indicators to see how Ireland compares internationally on, for instance, living standards, export performance, prices and costs, productivity, innovation and infrastructure. In March and April 2010, in preparation for the 2010 report, the NCC sought suggestions for additional/alternative internationally comparable indicators that could further our understanding of Ireland's relative competitiveness. The opportunity to make suggestions for additional indicators closed in April 2010.
03 Apr 2010
Request for Indicators: Annual Competitiveness Report, Benchmarking Ireland's Performance 2010
Don Thornhill, Chair of the National Competitiveness Council, addressed the annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals Network in City West hotel on the theme 'Primary Education: A Human Right or a Privilege?'
29 Jan 2010
Primary Education: A Human Right or a Privilege?
Urgent action is required to ensure a competitive operating environment for business and to enable exporters to trade successfully in difficult international markets, according to the National Competitiveness Council.
14 Jan 2010
National Competitiveness Council publishes Competitiveness Challenge
Future economic growth and job creation will not be driven by the construction and retail sectors as in the past. Generating export-led growth is the only sustainable strategy to secure long term growth and prosperity. It is therefore critical that we understand the specific needs of our exporting sectors and enable them to compete successfully in international markets.
07 Dec 2009
NCC highlights critical competitiveness issues for exporting sectors
The launch of the National Competitiveness Council’s report, Driving Export Growth, took place on Monday, 7th December in Wilton Park House. Representatives from Ireland’s leading exporting sectors participated in a forum discussion regarding the policy actions required to ensure Ireland’s economy achieves sustainable export-led growth.
07 Dec 2009
Presentation: Driving Export Growth
A reliable and competitively priced supply of energy is vital to enable Irish exporters compete successfully in global markets. While recent reductions in gas and electricity prices are welcome, further, immediate action is required to improve Ireland’s ranking relative to other countries with whom we compete, according to the National Competitiveness Council on the publication of its Statement on Energy today.
06 Oct 2009
Reducing Energy Costs is Essential for Competitiveness - NCC
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) today published its Annual Competitiveness Report: Volume I, Benchmarking Ireland’s Performance. The report provides an assessment of the competitiveness strengths and weaknesses of the Irish economy relative to competitor countries.
18 Aug 2009
National Competitiveness Council publishes Competitiveness Benchmarking Report
The NCC released 'Getting Fit Again: The Short Term Priorities for Restoring Ireland's Competitiveness' on 25th June. The report notes that in addition to increasing Government revenues, targeted cuts in public expenditure will be necessary as part of the process of restoring the public finances. The report offers no recommendations on how this could be achieved.
26 Jul 2009
Clarification to media reports on 'Getting Fit Again: The Short Term Priorities for Restoring Ireland's Competitiveness'
While good progress is being made, including restoring the sustainability of the public finances and the stability of the banking sector, the National Competitiveness Council has identified further immediate actions needed to drive cost competitiveness, sustain employment and enhance training and education opportunities.
25 Jun 2009
Immediate Action Needed to Restore Competitiveness
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) today called for the prioritisation of investment in Dublin and our other main cities to enhance and ensure Ireland’s long term competitiveness. Launching the report Our Cities: Drivers of National Competitiveness, the Council highlighted the increasingly crucial role that cities play in enhancing competitiveness in modern knowledge-based economies. It is vital that Irish cities are enabled to achieve their full potential and thereby enhance national competitiveness.
21 Apr 2009
Prioritising Our Cities is Critical for Sustainable Economic Growth
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) called for the prioritisation of investment in Dublin and our other main cities to enhance and ensure Ireland’s long term competitiveness. Launching the report Our Cities: Drivers of National Competitiveness, the Council highlighted the increasingly crucial role that cities play in enhancing competitiveness in modern knowledge-based economies.
21 Apr 2009
Our Cities: Drivers of National Competitiveness
The National Competitiveness Council today called for a renewed emphasis on strengthening and reforming aspects of the education and training system in Ireland as part of the broader effort to reignite economic growth.
09 Mar 2009
Ireland’s Education and Training System Must Continue to Improve Performance – Even in the Face of Scarce Public Resources
The launch of the National Competitiveness Council’s Statement on Education and Training took place on Monday, 9th March in Fitzwilliam Hall. The event brought together circa sixty policymakers, educators and industry representatives. Barry O’Leary, Chief Executive of IDA Ireland opened the event by outlining the importance of Ireland’s education and training system to economic development and to the enterprise sector. Don Thornhill, Chair of the NCC, presented the recommendations of the NCC Statement on Education and Training with a view to strengthening and reforming aspects of the education and training system in Ireland as part of the broader effort to reignite economic growth.
09 Mar 2009
Presentation on NCC Statement on Education and Training
Don Thornhill, Chair of the NCC, made a presentation at the annual conference of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin.
05 Mar 2009
National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals Conference
“Now is the time to focus our attention on policies that will enhance our competitiveness and provide for sustainable economic growth,” said National Competitiveness Council (NCC) chairman Dr Don Thornhill, today at the launch of the NCC’s Annual Competitiveness Report.
08 Jan 2009
We cannot afford a defeatist attitude about our future prospects: Ireland must focus on the policies which improve competitiveness - NCC
The National Competitiveness Council will today bring together over 120 of Ireland’s economic and business policy thought leaders to discuss the key competitiveness challenges currently facing the Irish economy.
28 Oct 2008
Thought Leaders Gather on Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenges
This high level summit, held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, brought together Ireland’s most influential policy-makers, business people and members of academia to discuss the competitiveness challenges which currently face the Irish economy. The emphasis of the event was to encourage the diverse selection of delegates to consider, debate and develop possible policy responses to these challenges.
28 Oct 2008
Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge
Improving Irish Living Standards and Wellbeing
The National Competitiveness Council today commented that the current social partnership talks have a critical role to play in reclaiming our competitiveness and improving living standards and wellbeing.
23 Jul 2008
Social Partnership has Vital Role to Play in Improving Irish Living Standards and Wellbeing
The National Competitiveness Council made a submission to the Government’s Commission on Taxation and has called for changes in tax policies to meet the needs of the current economic environment and which contributes to long term competitiveness.
25 Jun 2008
Changes to Tax Policy can Support Economic Growth and Competitiveness
The NCC Conference 'Re-conceptualising Ireland’s Competitiveness' was held on 9 January 2008 at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. The conference provided participants with the opportunity to consider the changing nature of the Irish economy, the key external political and economic influences and uncertainties and the changing dynamics of the enterprise sector in Ireland. It also looked at emerging opportunities and challenges and helped identify the key success factors for sustaining Ireland’s competitiveness and for achieving future growth.
09 Jan 2008
'Re-conceptualising Ireland’s Competitiveness' - NCC Conference
We need to stimulate vigorous productivity growth, develop greater innovation across the economy and restore cost competitiveness in major markets. These are the key requirements for maintaining and promoting Ireland’s competitiveness according to the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).
29 Nov 2007
Council Highlights Areas Vital to Enhancing Ireland‘s Competitiveness
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) launched Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge. This report identifies the main challenges facing the enterprise sector.
07 Feb 2007
Success in International Markets the only Sustainable Driver of Economic Growth