Governor Of Central Bank Visits IT Tralee And Meets Mercy Mounthawk Students

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Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, Gabriel Makhlouf (centre) with Mary Rose Stafford, IT Tralee and Dr Brendan O’Donnell IT Tralee. Photo by Domnick Walsh

GOVERNOR of the Central Bank of Ireland, Gabriel Makhlouf, visited Tralee and Killorglin, on Friday to meet with local business people and students as part of the Central Bank’s outreach programme.

Throughout the year, the Governor and staff from the Central Bank travel the breadth of the country to hear views from a cross-section of people within Irish society to help build understanding and inform the work of the Central Bank.

Speaking today, Governor Makhlouf said; “I am delighted to be here in Kerry to meet people from across the county. Through our outreach programme, we engage with people from all over Ireland to listen to what is important to them and to their communities, particularly in relation to areas where the work of the Central Bank affects their lives.”

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“Hearing the perspectives of the next generation is always valuable and I particularly enjoyed the opportunity today to meet some of Kerry’s younger citizens — students from Mounthawk Secondary School and Tralee IT to answer their questions about the work of the bank and the wider economy. I was also interested to learn about the RDI Hub, and discuss the work done by the Central Bank’s Innovation Hub.”

During the visit, Governor Makhlouf also met with representatives from the Kerry Business Women’s Network and the Tom Crean Business Incubation Centre where he heard about business development in the county.

The visit began in Killorglin’s RDI Hub, where he heard about the organisation’s work to drive job creation and facilitate research and development in the financial technology sector.

He then travelled to Tralee to meet with students at Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School and Institute of Technology Tralee where he explained the work of the Central Bank to students and listened to topics of interest to them in relation to the economy and the labour market.

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