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Autumn Business Summitt

"Dare to Include"

As part of Mayo Social Inclusion Week, Westport Chamber held the 'Dare to Include' business summit, together with The Disability Federation of Ireland's aim to stimulate business owners to consider how their activities can be open to all members of society, both as employees and as customers.  Participation of persons with disabilities in employment is one of the lowest in the EU-28. An 'Inclusive Destination Westport' will create opportunities in employment and leisure across our community.

Workplace Challenges

Welcome from Helen Gavin, President, Westport Chamber

Introduction by Pól Ó Conghaile, Travel Writer & travel editor for INM’s and Weekend Magazine


Jack Kavanagh, Pharmacist & Disability Activist

Charlie Gannon, Head of Operations, CleanRwith Ireland

Catherine Gallagher, PhD student, DCU

Kevin Dempsey, Head of Fundraising & Development, DFI

Patricia Timlin, Employer Relations Officer, Intreo

Panel Discussion, Q&A - Pól Ó Conghaile

Inclusive Hospitality


Dr. Clare Carroll, Lecturer NUIG

Accessibility in a Heritage property - Barry O'Connor

CEO / Biddy Hughes, Head of Commercial Development, Westport House Estate

ROI on Inclusive Hospitality - Michael Lennon, Westport Woods Hotel /Destination Westport / IHF

Ciarán Ó Murchú, CEO Uisce

Panel Discussion, Q&A - Pól Ó Conghaile

Built Environment & Public Realm


Matt Stevens, Senior Executive Architect, Mayo Co. Co.

Carúil O’Madhra, Architect

Joss Douthwaite, Occupational Therapist, Capability OT

 Panel Discussion, Q&A - Pól Ó Conghaile

Wrap-up - Pól Ó Conghaile

Closing- Helen Gavin, President, Westport Chamber

The Westport Chamber was awarded winner of the ‘Event of the Year’ category at the Chambers Ireland Awards 2022 in The Crowne Plaza Dublin for the ‘Dare to Include’ Business Summit. This wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic team who organised the event and it's wonderful speakers.
A special thanks to Westport Chamber committee member and event organiser James O'Doherty who accepted the award on behalf of the Westport Chamber.

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