Irish Business and Employers Confederation

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The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) is Ireland's largest business and employers lobbying organisation. It represents the interests of over 7500[citation needed] organisations, regions and industry sectors. IBEC is directed and managed by a board, national council, and executive management group.[1]

IBEC activities include advising member companies on management of employees, and lobbying government and the EU on the economy, transport infrastructure, international trade, social affairs, environmental policy, energy and tax.


IBEC was formed in 1993 as a result of a merger between the Confederation of Irish Industry (CII, founded 1932) and the Federated Union of Employers (FUE, founded 1942). Until 2010, IBEC was a social partner in the social partnership process.[citation needed]

Industry level representation[edit]

IBEC is the umbrella group for over 60 business associations including:[2]

  • Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland
  • Financial Services Ireland
  • Food and Drink Industry Ireland
  • ICT Ireland
  • Irish Software Association
  • Irish Medical Devices Association
  • PharmaChemical Ireland
  • Retail Ireland
  • Small Firms Association
  • Telecommunications and Internet Federation


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