Lisbon “Yes” could help Ireland’s “Smart Economy”
Lisbon “Yes” could help Ireland’s “Smart Economy”: October 3, 2009: Mike Conroy, General Manager, Cisco Galway Development Centre; Kim Majerus, Managing Director, Cisco Ireland and Monique Meche, Director, Government Affairs, Ireland
This afternoon, it became clear that Irish voters have accepted the Lisbon Treaty by a decisive majority and are satisfied that by retaining their EU Commissioner and local control over matters such as taxation, Ireland is ready to continue as a strong participant in the European Union.
This is great news for the citizens of Ireland and for companies like Cisco. Ireland has played an important part in the development of some of our most innovative technologies. The future of Cisco’s unified communication portfolio is being researched and developed in Galway.
Technology will play a central role in Ireland’s stated ambition to become a “Smart Economy”. Being a strong and participative member at the heart of the European Union, combined with an open business environment for global technology companies, will undoubtedly help Ireland realise this ambition.
Ireland has always prided itself on being a gateway to Europe for many global technology companies, including Cisco. Today’s result will ensure that important role continues for decades to come.