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Excerpted from the Ireland Career Guide

Social networking has been operating successfully in Ireland for decades, if not centuries. The distinction between business and social networking in Ireland is blurred, and there is a wide range of organizations committed to providing networking opportunities to their members. They provide a forum where men and women in business can exchange ideas and increase their contacts.

Business Organizations

Paddytech aims to connect Irish ICT executives within Ireland and those overseas interested in keeping abreast of the Irish marketplace. The group welcomes all those who have worked, are currently working or are looking to work in the Irish IT market. Paddytech provides a platform to discuss, network and debate, and to keep on top of happenings in the Irish IT marketplace.


Professional Association

Engineers Ireland
With almost 24,000 members from every discipline of engineering, Engineers Ireland is the voice of the engineering profession in Ireland. It awards professional titles to members according to their qualifications, including Fellow (CEng FIEI), Chartered Engineer (CEng MIEI), Associate Engineer (AEng MIEI) and Engineering Technician (Eng Tech IEI). It also offers professional development opportunities, networking events, educational outreach initiatives, lectures and seminars, career advice and employment services to members and partners. It has 12 engineering divisions, which allow its members to network with other engineers who share a professional interest.

Tel: +353 1 665 1300
Email: info@engineersireland.ie

Industry Organizations and Councils

Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)
Irish Business and Employers Confederation is the national umbrella organization for businesses and employers in Ireland. IBEC promotes the interests of businesses and employers by working to foster the continuing development of a competitive environment that encourages sustainable growth and within which both enterprise and people can flourish. At a practical level, IBEC provides its membership base of more than 7,500 organizations with knowledge, influence and connections. Its staff offers practical employer services as well as the opportunity to network and lobby at an industry level through a web of more than 60 business sector associations.

Tel: +353 1 605 1500 
Fax: +353 1 638 1500 
Email: info@ibec.ie

Unions and Labor Organizations

IMPACT is the Republic of Ireland’s largest public and services trade union. Most of its members work in hundreds of public service occupations, grades and professions in health, local government, education, the civil service, and voluntary and community organizations. IMPACT also represents members in commercial and non-commercial semi-state organizations and in private aviation and telecommunications companies.

Tel: +353 1 817 1500
Fax: +353 1 817 1501/2/3

Networking Groups

International Women's Club of Dublin 
The International Women’s Club of Dublin was created in 1981 to welcome newcomers and their families to Ireland, to help ease the transition into a new country and to provide opportunities for networking and learning about aspects of Irish life. The members, from 45 countries, vary in age, interests, English-language fluency and the length of time they expect to stay in Ireland. 

The International Women's Club of Dublin
Post Office Box 1489
Co. Dublin
Email: iwcdublin@gmail.com

Chambers of Commerce

Chambers Ireland
Chambers Ireland is the country's largest business organization, with 48 member chambers representing businesses throughout Ireland. Member chambers vary in size and may be staffed or operated on a voluntary basis. Below are some of the main city-based chambers; contact details for all chambers in Ireland can be found on the website.

Chambers Ireland  3rd Floor
Newmount House
Lower Mount Street
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 400 4300
Fax: +353 1 661 2811
Email: info@chambers.ie

This is just a sample of what you'll find in the comlpete Ireland guide.

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