Speedpak CLG board and staff were honoured to host the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. for the launch the new National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland on Thursday 18th July 2019.

In his speech, Minister Ring said:

“It is fitting that the new Social Enterprise Policy should be launched in the premises of the Speedpak Group. Speedpak was founded in the 1990s in North Dublin City to address the issue of high unemployment in one of Dublin’s most disadvantaged areas. To date, Speedpak has employed and trained over 1,150 people, bringing a significant impact to individuals and families in these communities. The company is a great example of what a social enterprise can accomplish and I wish them continued success in the future.”

Attendees from a wide range of organisations related to social enterprise in Ireland included:

Carmichael Ireland
Clann Credo
Community Work Ireland
Community Reuse Network Ireland
An Cosán Virtual Community College
Dunhill Rural Enterprises Ltd.
Department of Justice and Law Reform
Department of Rural and Community Development
Dublin City University
Dublin Northwest Area Partnership
Enterprise Ireland
Irish Local Development Network
Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed
Irish Social Enterprise Network
Louth Leader Partnership
Maynooth University
Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance CLG
Probation Service / Irish Prison Service
ReCreate Ireland
Social Finance Foundation
Social Innovation Fund
Social Justice Ireland
Southside Partnership
Third Space
University College Cork
Western Development Commission
The Wheel

Catering was provided by neighbouring social enterprise (and 2018 Dublin City Social Enterprise Award winner) PACE via their MugShot catering service.

Jim Lillis, Chairperson of Speedpak Group, Edel Moloney, Speedpak Change and Development Manager, Minister Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural and Community affairs, Patrick McCarthy, Speedpak Operations Manager.

Siobhán Cafferty, Social Enterprise Manager with the Irish Prison and Probation Services speaking at the event.

Minister Michael Ring T.D. with Speedpak Chairperson Lim Lillis.

Paul O’Sullivan, CEO of Clann Credo.

Andrew Forde, Department of Rural & Community Development, John Kearns, CEO, Partas, Siobhán Cafferty, Social Enterprise Manager with the Irish Prison & Probation Services, Mary O’Shaughnessy, University College Cork.

Maggie Clune, Training and Social Enterprise Manager with PACE.