The President said that Ireland needs more women in business, women to pave the way, to provide inspiring role models for other women. When it comes to entrepreneurship here in Ireland, women make up just twenty percent, or one in five, of all of Ireland’s entrepreneurs. Research would suggest that, while Ireland has all of the right conditions for businesses owned and led by women to thrive, motivation and self-belief continues to be a significant limiting factor.
As his speech came to a close, it was an emotional moment when I felt blessed amongst the amazing women beside me and a deep respect and admiration for the man before me, the President of Ireland.
“I thank each and every one of you for your entrepreneurial spirit, your determination and your vision which have helped to not only build your own success stories, but are also contributing to Irish society. Your willingness to innovate, take chances and turn dreams into realities, are a greatly inspiring example of the qualities that are necessary in all areas of our shared lives if we are to craft, together, a future of hope and possibility”.