CHANGES TO THE CIVIL LIABILITY ACT IN RELATION TO PERSONAL INJURY CASES*

Civil Liability -Warning Letter

Changes to the Civil Liability Act in Relation to Personal Injury Cases*

If you have been involved in an accident it is important that you realise that from the 28th January 2019 there have been amendments to Section 8 of the Civil Liability Act, 2004 regarding the obligations of the injured party to notify the wrongdoer that they intend to bring a personal injuries claim.  Prior to January 2019 the injured party had two months to notify the wrongdoer of their intention to bring an action.  This has now been reduced to one month.

Civil Liability and Failure to Provide Letter of Claim

It should further be noted that if the injured party fails to do this within one month and the matter proceeds to hearing the Judge shall draw such inferences from the failure to provide the letter of claim in this time as appears appropriate to the Court.  If the Judge finds that this failure was inappropriate they can penalise the Plaintiff as to costs.

Civil Liability Act and the Statute of Limitations

It is important that people note however that not issuing such a letter within a one month time period of the accident is not a barrier to bringing a claim for personal injuries and that the Statute of Limitations for bringing a claim for personal injuries is two years minus one day from the date of the date of knowledge. The Statute of Limitations is discussed in great detail in our previous blog ‘The Statute of Limitations and Time Limits for Bringing a Personal Injury Claim’.  The purpose of this amendment to the legislation is as a counter mechanism to fraudulent and exaggerated claims.  So just because you fail to issue a letter of claim within a one month period does not mean the Judge will penalise the injured party, it just means it is open to them to do so if they feel it is appropriate.

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For further information on the Civil Liability Act or indeed any aspect of personal injury or accident law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

 

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

Statute Of Limitations And Time Limits For Bringing A Personal Injury Claim*

Statue of Limitations -Time Limits

Statute of Limitations and Time Limits for Bringing A Personal Injury Claim*

When bringing a personal injury claim, it is essential that you do so within the time limits sets out in the Statute of Limitations Act of 1957 and the Amendment Act of 1991. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to be compensated for the injuries and the losses you have incurred as a result of the accident. However, when bringing a claim for personal injuries, it is essential that you submit your application to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board and where necessary issue your personal injuries summons within the strict time limit set out by the Statute of Limitations.

 

What is the Statute of Limitations?

For the purpose of personal injury law, the statute of limitations is the length of time a person has to initiate a claim for personal injuries. The terms are set out in the Statute of Limitation Act, 1957 and the Amendment Act, 1991. Under the terms of the act, a person has two years less one day from the date of knowledge to initiate a claim for personal injuries.

 

Statute of Limitations – What is the date of knowledge?

According to the Act, when establishing the date of knowledge, one has to look at when the victim had knowledge of the following facts: –

 

  1. When they had been injured;
  2. When they acknowledged that the injury in question was significant;
  3. When they acknowledged the injury was attributable in whole or in part to an act or omission which is alleged to have constituted negligence, nuisance or breach of duty;
  4. The identity of the defendant and;
  5. If it is alleged that the act or omission was that of a person other than the defendant, the identity of that person and the additional facts supporting the briniging of an action against the defendant.

 

In many cases, the date of knowledge will be the date of the accident. For example, if you were injured in a road traffic accident, where you were rear ended by a third party, which resulted in you breaking your arm, you would immediately realise that you would have: –

 

  1. a) Been in an accident;
  2. b) That the accident was the fault of the third party;
  3. c) That your injuries had been significant.

Statue of Limitations – Better Safe than Sorry.

However, in many other cases, the date of knowledge can be more nuanced because you may not realise that you have had serious injuries until the days and weeks after the accident or you may not realise who is responsible for your injuries. That said, we would always advise people to air on the side of caution and to submit your application to the Injuries Board, within the two years, minus one day of the date of the accident.

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Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors Experts in Personal Injury Law*

For further information on the Statute of Limitations or indeed any aspect of personal injury or accident law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

 

Business Interruption Cover, Is Not Just For Pubs and Restaurants

Business Interruption Cover for the Retail Sector

Business Interruption Cover, Is Not Just For Pubs and Restaurants

The forced closures of businesses across the country, caused by the Covid 19 crisis, has brought the issue of Business Interruption Insurance into sharp focus. There has been extensive media coverage across many platforms on the topic and unfortunately it appears that it is an issue that will ultimately have to be decided by the Courts. However if you were not well versed on insurance or insurance law, you might be forgiven for thinking that only Publican and restaurateurs have business interruption cover. Publicans and restaurateurs have been very well served by their representative bodies (VFI,LVA and RAI) who have been very vocal on this issue across the country’s media. From the policies we have seen it is clear that many business owners in these industries may have a very good cause of action, should their insurers refuse to indemnify them for the losses they have incurred as a result of the closures.

Retail, Hair And Beauty, Fitness, Adventure Sports and The Leisure Activity Sectors May Be Covered Too.

However, publicans and restaurateurs are not the only industries that have valid business interruption policies. Such policies are common place in the retail, hair and beauty, fitness, adventure sport and leisure activity sectors. Many businesses may not realise that they have business interruption cover and could potentially be compensated for any losses of profit or operating expenses they have incurred. We would recommend all business owners to take up a copy of their insurance policy from their broker and consider it carefully. If you have any queries or any questions in relation to your cover you should immediately seek legal advice.

What Is Business Interruption Cover?

Business interruption cover is insurance that replaces the loss of profit and operating expenses (employees’ wages, loan repayments, rent, loss of stock etc.) in the event that the business has to stop operating for some reason. Business interruption cover often comes into effect when a business premises has been damaged due to a fire or a flood. However many policies contain reference to cover for losses arising from an outbreak of infectious diseases. Therefore, depending on the wording of your policy you could be covered for loses incurred by the Covid 19 closures. For a more detailed analyses of business interruption cover and the potential for business to bring a successful claim, please feel free to have a look at our webinar.

What should I do if I think I have a claim?

  1. Take up a copy of your policy from your broker.
  2. Contact us and we will arrange a video consultation, wherein we will go through your policy and advise you as to whether you have a state-able case.

What Options Are Open To Me If I Have a Valid Claim

  1. Mediation or arbitration. Most policies will have an arbitration clause. Therefore if you have a valid claim and your insurers are refusing cover, you will probably be obliged to go to arbitration, as opposed to issuing Court proceedings.
  2. You can also make a complaint to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman. It is important to note that Ombudsman jurisdiction is limited to €500,000.00 and they are unable to make cost orders. Its also important to note that once an issue has been determined by the FSPO, an unsuccessful claimant/complainant cannot thereafter issue fresh court proceedings dealing with the same matter – see the principle of ‘issue estoppel’ as discussed in O’Hara v ACC Bank. The decision of the Ombudsman can be appealed to the High Court (as distinct from the issue of fresh proceedings) but the High Court on appeal will be slow to interfere with the Ombudsman’s decision unless the decision is “vitiated by a serious and significant error or a series of such errors”.
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HANAHOE AND HANAHOE SOLICITORS – LITIGATION SPECIALIST

For further information on Business Interruption Cover or indeed any aspect of litigation or Commercial law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

 

 

WEBINAR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE

Webinar on Business Interruption Insurance

BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE WEBINAR

Luke Hanahoe, our managing partner and head of our litigation department, was delighted to host a webinar, in conjunction with Kildare Chamber of Commerce, on the incredibly topical issue of Business Interruption Insurance.  Luke was joined by David Lennon BL, who gave an excellent presentation to more than thirty businesses, operating primarily in the hospitality and retail sectors. Luke has been very vocal on this issue, having been interviewed on KFM and the Sunday Business Post.

AIM OF BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE WEBINAR

The aim of the webinar was to consider whether business interruption insurance covered closures caused by the Covid 19 outbreak and if they do, how can you

(a) process a claim

and

(b) what can you do if your insurance company is refusing to indemnify you.

In order to answer these questions we looked at:

  1. The types of policies out there.

 

  1. Some of the reasons insurers appear to be relying on when rejecting cover.

 

  1. We analysed some of those reasons and gave our views as to whether they would hold up to scrutiny.

 

  1. We went through some of the Relevant Public Statements and Legal Principles.

 

  1. We went through the options available to Businesses.

 

LINK TO BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE WEBINAR

Please note all parties consented to the webinar being shared

https://transcripts.gotomeeting.com/?utm_source=recordingReadyNotification&utm_medium=email#/s/6497779f1af82b4e45a937d0111e58254026f500b0ecf10043f6b04bc66ca69e

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HANAHOE AND HANAHOE SOLICITORS – COMMERCIAL LITIGATION SPECIALIST

For further information on Business Interruption Insurance or indeed any aspect of litigation or commercial law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

For further information on the Kildare Chamber of Commerce and how it can assist your business, please do not hesitate to contact either Allan Shine, Jennifer Forster or Rachel Cooke in the Kildare Chamber office.

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

County Kildare Chamber

 

Book of Quantum, a Personal Injury* Compensation Guide

Book of Quantum

Book of Quantum, a Personal Injury* Compensation Guide

The Book of Quantum was created by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board in 2003, to provide people with general guidelines on how much compensation they should be awarded if they have been injured in an accident, caused by the negligence of someone else. The Book of Quantum was last revised in 2016 and the current guidelines can be accessed here. The Book is compiled by assessing a large number of sample personal injury cases which have been litigated before the courts. The book is based on personal injury cases brought in 2013 and 2014. This is a very important consideration when trying to assess the value of a personal injury claim in today’s climate.

Book of Quantum and Personal Injury* Guidelines Committee

There has been significant pressure from the insurance industry, some business groups and certain portions of the media to decrease the amount of compensation being warded by the Courts in personal injury cases, particularly in soft tissue type cases. This has resulted in the Judicial Counsel Act being passed in 2019. The goal of this act was to establish a Judicial Counsel which would facilitate the education and training of judges, provide a mechanism for investigating complaints against judges and establish sentencing guidelines and guidelines with respect to the awarding of damages in personal injury claims. This is seen in the establishment of the Personal Injury Guidelines Committee which is to be chaired by the Honorable Judge Irvine.

Book of Quantum and the Reduction in Damages in Personal Injury Cases*

On foot of a couple of notable decisions on the Court of Appeal, the awards been granted in personal injury cases have significantly reduced in the last eighteen months. This coupled with the establishment of the new Personal Injury Guidelines Committee, would lead one to wonder whether the Book of Quantum can still be considered an accurate guide when valuing personal injury actions. Indeed, reference to this has been made by a number of High Court judges in recent times. That said, the Book of Quantum was only ever designed as a guide and is still useful for that purpose, even if you have to allow for a considerable discount when assessing the valued of a case.

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Seek Advice from a Solicitor who Specialises in Personal Injury Law.*

If anything, the current climate underlines the necessity of getting good legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in personal injury law, when bringing a personal injury claim. For further information on the Book of Quantum or indeed any aspect of personal injury or accident law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

 

 

Luke Hanahoe’s KFM interview discussing Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

KFM Interview

Luke Hanahoe’s KFM interview discussing Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

Luke Hanahoe was interviewed by Clem Ryan on KFM on the topic of Business Interruption Insurance and whether it covers losses incurred by businesses that have had to temporarily close down as a result of COVID-19.

Luke was interviewed in his role both as Managing Partner of Hanahoe and Hanahoe and as President of Kildare Chamber of Commerce. Also interviewed was CEO of Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Allan Shine, on the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses in Kildare generally. At a time where circumstances are changing on a daily basis, the Chamber is liaising with government agencies and local businesses to ensure that they can provide their members with the most up-to-date information and advice during this difficult time.

KFM Interview

A link to the interview is below, please feel free to listen.

http://tinyurl.com/rmdmbvx

 

How do I know if I’m covered by Business Interruption Insurance and what should I do?

  1. If you do not have a copy of your insurance policy, obtain one from your broker.
  2. Review your policy and discuss it with your broker as necessary.
  3. Notify your insurers of your claim.
  4. If you have Business Interruption Insurance and your provider is refusing to cover your claim, contact us to arrange a consultation.
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HANAHOE AND HANAHOE SOLICITORS – LITIGATION SPECIALIST

For further information on Business Interruption Insurance or indeed any aspect of litigation or commercial law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

For further information on the Kildare Chamber of Commerce and how it can assist your business, please do not hesitate to contact either Allan Shine, Jennifer Forster or Rachel Cooke in the Kildare Chamber office.

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

ARE YOU COVERED BY BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE FOR LOSSES SUFFERED BY COVID 19?

Business Closed due to Covid-19

ARE YOU COVERED BY BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE FOR LOSSES SUFFERED BY COVID-19?

COVID-19

The Covid-19 health crisis is having a devastating affect on businesses throughout the country. It’s impact has been particularly harsh on the hospitality and associated sectors, many of which have had to close their doors completely. The loss profits and expenditure facing the hospitality industry in particular are catastrophic. Can these losses be covered by Business Interruption Insurance?

What is business interruption insurance?

Business interruption insurance is insurance coverage that replaces the loss of income and operating expenses (employees’ wages, loan repayments, rent etc.) in the event that the business has to stop operating for some reason. Generally this reason would be because the business premises has been damaged due to a fire or a flood. Before the start of the year, no one would have envisaged having to stop operating due to a global pandemic. However, just because no one envisaged it, does not mean it does not apply. We are living in extraordinary times

Do I have Business Interruption Insurance?

Well, this will depend on each business’ individual policy. It is usually an additional type of coverage for a property insurance policy or, in some cases, it may be included in a package policy for business owners.

 Are insurances companies paying out?

Unsurprisingly insurance companies are not eager to pay out on such claims. A recent article in the Irish Times states that insurers are rejecting claims on two grounds

a) Covid-19 is not a listed disease in the policies small print. Considering no one had heard of Covid-19 before December that is not surprising.

b) Many businesses, particularly in the hospitality sector, were not directed by Government to close down and did so of there own accord on the advice of Government. This is quite a literal argument and surely in the current climate, advice and direction from the government amount to one and same thing. This appears to be the view of the Department of Finance who ‘believes that insurers should not attempt to reject claims on the basis of interpreting policies to their own advantage’.

However according to the insurance industry very few of these policies exist and the “standard of cover that the majority of businesses purchase does not include forced closure by authorities, as it is intended to respond to physical damage at the property which results in the business being unable to continue to trade”. The Industry is further worried about their solvency in the event they are forced to pay out on claims that they have not re-insured.

 

What should I do if I think I have a claim?

  1. Get a copy of your policy.
  2. Notify your insurers of your claim.
  3. Contact us and we will arrange a video consultation, wherein we will go through your policy and advise you as to whether you have a state-able case.
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HANAHOE AND HANAHOE SOLICITORS – LITIGATION SPECIALIST

For further information on Business Interruption Insurance or indeed any aspect of litigation or Commercial law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

ARE YOU OVERPAYING FOR YOUR MORTGAGE?  

Switching Your Mortgage

ARE YOU OVERPAYING FOR YOUR MORTGAGE? YOU CAN MAKE HUGE SAVING!!!

Are you overpaying for your mortgage? You probably are and if you are, you can make huge saving. We would strongly recommend anyone who took out a mortgage more than three years ago to contact one of our property solicitors to see how we can assist you.

 

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

Switching your Mortgage should be your New Years Resolution. According to a recent article in the Irish Times, more than 80% of people on standard variable rate home loans are likely to be overpaying. This echoes what we at Hanahoe & Hanahoe have been advising our clients to do for years as can be seen by our blog post, Switching Your Mortgage Could Save You Thousands Of Euro, of the 24th August 2015. Over the last two years mortgage rates have steadily dropped and banks are becoming more competitive on fixed rate mortgages. This has resulted in more than 80% of those on standard variable rate home mortgages paying significantly more than they should. Despite this, customers seem reluctant to switch with, the number of customers changing the mortgage provider being only a quarter of what it was at the peak of the boom.

The four main reasons for mortgage customer not switching are: –

 

  1. That they are unaware of the amount of money they can save by doing so;
  2. That they believe it is an awful lot of hassle, when in fact it is a relatively straight forward transaction from the customers end. The majority of preparatory work is completed by your conveyancing solicitor.
  3. That they are concerned about paying legal fees. It is true that in switching your mortgage you will incur legal fees; however, most lending institutions now offer some sort of contribution towards your legal costs, either by way of a cashback offer or straight payment to cover your legal fees.
  4. It is sometimes believed only those borrowers with a low loan to value ratio can benefit from a remortgage. This is not the case and even customers with a loan to value ratio of between 80-90% can benefit from switching their mortgage.

 

Case Study

An example given in the Irish Times article was of a couple who borrowed €300,000.00 over thirty years, three years ago, who are paying an interest rate of 3.5% with an outstanding balance of €288,820.00. On the assumption that this was less than 80% of the value of the property, the customers could move to a variable rate of 2.9% and save €85.58 per month or €1,027.00 a year. This would a deliver an estimate saving of €28,755.00 over the lifetime of the mortgage.

Alternatively, they could move to a fixed rate mortgage of 2.6% saving them a €138.40 per month or over €1,208.00 a year, with a potential saving of €32,160.00 over the lifetime of the mortgage.

 

Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors – Property Law Specialist

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For further information on switching the mortgage or indeed any aspect of property/conveyancing law, please do not hesitate to contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors Sponsor Kildare Business Award

Kildare Business Awards

Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors Sponsor Kildare Business Award

Hanahoe and Hanahoe are proud to be sponsoring an award at the Kildare Business Awards on the 29th November 2019. The Kildare Business Awards are organised by the County Kildare Chamber and recognise excellence in business through out the county, across a number of categories.

Kildare Business Awards
Kildare Business Awards

SME (6-20 Employees) Category

This year we are sponsoring the SME (6 -20 Employees) Category. Many of our commercial and corporate clients are represented within this sector,  so we are delighted to sponsor this award. The category will be hotly contested this year, where four outstanding businesses have been nominated. The nominees are:

  1.  Go Rental, one of the country’s leading vehicle rental & leasing providers. Go Rentals are based in Naas and have been operating out of Kildare for over 50 years

2. Kendlebell, the number 1 provider of personalised outsource solutions for the SME sector in Ireland.

3. Gannon Solutions, with over 35 years experience, offer a complete total office service from designing and installing a new work-space to fixing a broken photocopier.

4. Monread CRM is a  Zoho certified and experienced business consulting company that assist businesses to make smart technology investments, improve practices, and save time and money.

Commercial and Company Law at Hanahoe and Hanahoe

Hanahoe and Hanahoe have over 40 years experience advising commercial and corporate clients. We also understand that every business is different and that we need to tailor our advice to suit the specific requirements of our clients and their businesses. We advise on all areas of commercial and company law, such as mergers and acquisitions, re-structuring, shareholder disputes, shareholders’ agreements, corporate governance, partnerships, company secretarial, franchising commercial agreements, and commercial debt recovery.

For More Information Please Feel Free to Contact US

For further information in relation to any aspect of commercial or corporate law, contact Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors on 045-897784 (Naas Office) or on  01-5255637 (Dublin office) or info@hanahoeandhanahoe.com, on LinkedIn or Facebook

This article is merely for information purposes and is not and should not be taken as legal advice. No solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature exists between Hanahoe and Hanahoe solicitors, until you receive written confirmation that we are acting as solicitors on your behalf.

 

Luke Hanahoe Managing Partner at Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors, is elected as President of County Kildare Chamber of Commerce

Chamber President

 

Luke Hanahoe, Managing Partner at Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors, is elected as President of County Kildare Chamber of Commerce

Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors are delighted to announce that our Managing Partner Luke Hanahoe has been elected as the President of County Kildare Chamber of Commerce. County Kildare Chamber is one of the biggest Chambers in the Country, representing over 400 businesses, who employ nearly 37,000 people. In 2019, the County Kildare Chamber was delighted to win the award for Chamber of the Year on behalf of their membership at the Chambers Ireland Awards. Tony Hanahoe, partner and head of the Commercial and Business Law department was understandably delighted with Luke’s appointment.  ‘Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors, have a long standing connection with Kildare Chamber of Commerce. Many of our corporate and commercial clients are Chamber members and we share the Chambers commitment to developing an advancing business throughout the County.’

Luke Hanahoe
Luke Hanahoe, Managing Partner of Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors

On his election Luke Hanahoe said, “ It is an incredible honour and privilege to be elected President of Kildare Chamber. I am really looking forward to working with and on behalf of the membership to ensure Kildare businesses continue to thrive.  The membership of Kildare Chamber is incredibly well served by Allan Shine and his team and I will work tirelessly with them to ensure the Chamber continue to provide the services that our members require and deserve”.  Stepping down as President after two extremely successful years was Maureen Bergin of Kildare Village who said at the meeting, “  There were many highlights during my term as President, that included the hosting of 33 Ambassadors to Ireland in The K Club, our recent trade mission to Boston, which was a huge success, the array of internationally renowned speakers we brought to Kildare, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and Stuart Lancaster and receiving the award for Chamber of the Year on behalf of our membership at the Chambers Ireland Awards.

Allan Shine, CE of the Chamber said today, “ Maureen Bergin served as President of the Chamber for 2 years and in that time the membership has grown to 400 businesses, we have embarked on two very successful trade missions this year and  I believe that our complete offering to businesses in Kildare has evolved and that this Chamber is on a strong footing going forward.  I look forward to working with our new President Luke Hanahoe in his term in office and also with the newly elected committee members, Brian Purcell and Clodagh Hughes.

Luke Hanahoe’s Vision for Business

Luke Hanahoe has a vision for business over the next two years in Kildare which will see the Chamber offerings increase.  “ We will launch a new Chamber Advisory Panel later this year. We are asking 15 key stakeholders in Kildare, who are at the pinnacle of  their different industries to support, advise and mentor many of the exciting and emerging  SME’s based throughout the county.  We are lucky that Kildare has amazing array of business leaders, who are thankfully eager to support our many SME’s. I look forward to launching this initiative later this year.  High on my agenda will also be a meeting with Peter Carey, CEO of Kildare County Council later this month.  Peter is a passionate supported of the Chamber and business in Kildare.   I look forward to our continued co-operation with Peter and his team and I will be strongly encouraging him to endorse business in the county by obviating  any potential rate increase. We require our Local Government to be pro-business and we need Kildare to be an attractive place to do business.  We in the Chamber will work alongside our County Council to ensure that Kildare remains the location of choice for business.

Kildare Chamber of Commerce
Kildare Chamber of Commerce. Advancing Business Together

This, like any year, will present new challenges and opportunities for business throughout the county. A strong business voice is essential so that we can meet the challenges and maximize the opportunities. For businesses in Kildare that voice is the Chamber. However, the Chamber is only as strong as its membership so I would urge all businesses in Kildare to join our Chamber, so we can become one voice, to serve, promote and grow the business through the county.”

Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors wish Luke the very best with his Presidency and look forward to working with the Chamber and its membership.

KFM Interview

Luke was also interviewed by Ciara Plunkett on his roll as President on KFM. If you wish to hear the interview you can do so here https://soundcloud.com/kfmradiokildare/kildare-focus-18-10-19