Design & Crafts Council Ireland holds Annual General Meeting
The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) held its 43rd Annual General Meeting today. The meeting took place online, in accordance with government guidelines on social distancing and working from home.
Breege O’Donohue, Chair of DCCI welcomed delegates from member organisations saying: “The success of DCCI activities in sustaining and growing the Irish Design and Craft Sector is dependent on collaboration with all of our stakeholders. Working closely with our membership organisations and registered client enterprises will continue to be critical – as it always has been – to achieving our ambitious plans for this sector."
“We are grateful to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and to Enterprise Ireland for funding and supporting the work of DCCI throughout 2019 and in the current year.”
In her address to delegates, the Chair highlighted a number of achievements throughout the year including:
- Securing €1.8 million euro in additional government funding to support a marketing development programme to assist high potential clients to grow their export and online sales
- The success of Showcase Ireland in January, generating €25.1 million euro in sales for our 408 exhibitors – a 5% increase in sales figures compared to the previous year
- Internationally, showcasing the work of our designers and makers in New York, Tokyo and as part of Paris Fashion Week
Chief Executive of DCCI, Rosemary Steen said: “It is our role in DCCI to amplify the voices of designers and makers. I believe in the power of communities and the craft and design community has a unique role in Irish society. In 2020, we have seen a significant interest in digital support from DCCI for our clients and members and I look forward to building upon that interest to help our stakeholders maximize opportunities for business growth.”
A number of DCCI Board members retired at the AGM as their terms of office had expired. Those stepping down were John O’Connor, Elaine Riordan, Fiona Deegan and Mairead McCorley.
Following an election, the new Board members appointed were Trish Brennan, Breda Fox, Maeve Murphy and Neil Read. Eddie Shanahan was re-elected to a second term of office on the Board.
Profiles of new Board members will be available on the DCCI website in the coming days.
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