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IBNS Awards Dinner 2017




Join us, the committee and members of the Irish Business Network Scotland, for a celebration of our first year supporting and enhancing business links between Ireland and Scotland. After a successful launch in Edinburgh Castle on 8th June 2016, it was a natural choice to return to the Capital for our anniversary dinner and awards ceremony.

Delighted to introduce our event sponsors Festival Village & Malone’s on the Mall.

Programme for the evening

Drinks reception – Sponsored by Hickory Food



Kicking off the night’s awards and entertainment, including: –

Awards Announcements:

Inspirational Business Leader – Sponsored by Allied Irish Bank

Progressing relations between Scotland & Ireland – Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland

Social Impact – Sponsored by The City of Edinburgh Council

Innovative Start-up Business – Sponsored by Harper Macleod

Prize Draw and Charity raffle – Donations by Edinburgh AirportCeltic RenewablesRubicon Heritage; Business FivesRepresentCMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Final speeches



Dress code for the evening is black tie.


Joe McHugh TD


Joe McHugh TD is Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands. He previously served as Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development

Colm Moloney


Colm has been involved in business development in the UK and Ireland for 25 years with most of that time working between Cork and Edinburgh. Colm has been the Chair of Causeway since its formation in 2016. He is a graduate of University College Cork and The University of Leicester and has been a company director in the UK and Ireland since 1997. Colm is the Managing Director of Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd, a commercial archaeology company employing over 100 archaeologists through its offices in Edinburgh, Cork, Dublin and Cardiff. Colm is a board member with the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers and is the author of numerous academic and popular publications on archaeology in the UK and Ireland. Colm is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and has served on a ministerial advisory work group as part of a Review of Archaeological Policy and Practice in Ireland. Colm directed the archaeological excavations on the site of the New Scottish Parliament, the largest urban archaeological excavation ever undertaken in Scotland.

Mark Hanniffy


Mark Hanniffy took up duty as Consul General of Ireland to Scotland in May 2016. He is the sixth occupant of the post since the establishment of Ireland’s Consulate General in Edinburgh in 1998. Prior to taking up duty in Scotland, Consul General Hanniffy served as Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, and before that as Deputy Director of the Department’s Economic Messaging Unit. He was previously posted at Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for Ireland’s engagement with the UN and other international organisations on issues relating to humanitarian emergency response, migration, health and development policy. Since joining the Irish Diplomatic Service in 2007, he has served in various capacities at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, including in the Department’s Political Division, in the Office of the Secretary General, and on secondment as a Policy Advisor to the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament). Consul General Hanniffy is a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. He was educated at Árdscoil na mBráithre in Clonmel and at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he later taught organic chemistry and served as a member of the University’s Governing Authority and Academic Council. He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the National University of Ireland for research work on the synthesis of high-energy organic nitrogen compounds.

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IBNS Awards Dinner 2017

253 High Street

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Thu, 08 June 2017

00:00 - 00:00


City Chambers
253 High Street
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