Meath Economic Development Forum

Meath Economic Development Forum

Aim of Forum

The aim of the Economic Development Forum is to build on and increase collaboration within the county to maximise its assets, attract further investment and create additional jobs and opportunities.

The Forum sees various business leaders, entrepreneurs and high achievers come together to share their experience to  facilitate economic activity and growth in the county while overseeing the preparation and implementation of the Meath Economic Development Strategy.


Colm O Rourke


Cllr Tommy Reilly, Cathaoirleach Meath County Council 

Kieran Kehoe, Chief Executive, Meath County Council

Colm O Rourke, Chair, Economic Development Forum

Des Foley, Director of Service, Planning & Economic Development, Meath County Council

Cllr Stephen McKee, Chair SPC Planning, Economic Development, Enterprise & European Affairs

Conn Murray, Chair of Public Practice Ireland, BDO

John Harkin, Executive Chair, MoneyJar

Martin O Brien, Chief Executive, Louth & Meath Education and Training Board

Alan Connell, Managing Partner and Head of Tax, Eversheds Sutherlands, Ireland

John Gilroy, CEO, College Proteins

David Geraghty, Deloitte, formerly Google & Facebook and Board Member of Meta Ireland

Valerie Moran, Director, Bective Stud Ltd

John Horgan, Board Chair, Kepak Group

Blair Fanning, Chief Financial Officer, Vanguard Europe

Declan Maguire, Managing Director, CRH Cementitious Trading

Joanne Mallon, Proprietor, Ribbon Rouge

Paula McCaul, CEO, Meath County Chamber 

Workstreams (TBC)

  1. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  2. Education and Skills
  3. Indigenous and Micro Business
  4. Food and Agri
  5. Retail, Hospitality and Tourism