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Ireland's National Employment Week launches

Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor was on hand today to officially launch National Employment Week (NEW) 2017, which will take place in Ireland from 27th February to 3rd March inclusive.


Speaking at the launch, Minister Mitchell O’Connor, said, “It is great to see this event going from strength to strength each year.  We know that there is a huge pool of talent across Ireland, both among experienced professionals and recent graduates.


"The Talent Summits which are taking place around the country are an innovative way of ensuring that we harness this talent and match the right jobs with the right people.  I want to congratulate Sigmar Recruitment for organising this inspiring programme of events.”


Now in its seventh year NEW has become the largest series of talent and leadership conferences in Ireland and has been coined the “Davos for Talent”. This year is expected to draw over 1,000 talent leaders to three Talent Summits in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Founded by Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO of Sigmar Recruitment, NEW is a not-for-profit initiative to help stimulate employment that has seen unemployment rates fall from 15.1% to 7.1%.



  1. February 27: Launch in Dublin
  2. February 28: The Talent Summit, Galway
  3. March 1: The Talent Summit, Dublin
  4. March 2: The Talent Summit, Cork
  5. March 3: Employee Wellness Day                                   


Mac Giolla Phádraig, commented, “With the talent agenda ranking as the number one priority for business leaders around the globe, we need to reimagine how we create better workplaces and working lives in an increasingly complex world of work. This year’s theme is “Driving Competitive Advantage through Talent” where we will look to: reimagine leadership, explore better ways of acquiring talent, craft desired culture, accelerate diversity and align motivation, performance and reward.


“We believe that the question of why people do what they do transcends generations at work and different ways of working, and is emerging as the fundamental competitive advantage to attract and retain the best.


“The series of summits and events will showcase international thought leadership to increase competitive advantage among Irish employers to compete globally for talent. This year we have a line-up of over 60 contributors with 15+ international speakers from the US, Canada, UK and across Europe. We look forward to sharing global Irish innovation and international thought leadership on the above themes and to shine a light on some lesser represented cohorts of talent. In doing so, we will amplify Ireland’s position as a global centre of talent.”


The central theme for this year’s National Employment Week is Driving Competitive Advantage Through Talent and Leadership. Key topics covered on the day will include: diversity; talent attraction; performance improvement; leadership and culture.


Tickets for the National Employment Week are available here.  


Pictured from left to right: Kate Stewart, recruitment specialist, Sigmar Recruitment; Adrian McGennis, CEO, Sigmar Recruitment; Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation; Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment

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