One of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs, the former chairperson of Aer Arann Padraig O Ceidigh, was announced as the new IASE Patron at the association’s national Best Practice Awards in City Hall, Dublin, on December 3, 2013.
Mr. O Ceidigh is a strong community leader and sits on numerous boards, both business and cultural.
He is a former Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, an employer, an innovator, a mentor and a supporter of the works of the IASE.
I am both delighted and honoured to join IASE as Patron.
I have looked at the association’s values and aims and I can see they are fully focussed on bringing about real social change in Ireland, not only for the benefit of jobseekers and employees with disabilities, but for the benefit of the whole Irish business community, and our wider society in general.
We all stand to gain from a more inclusive Ireland and we should works to develop a society within which every structure is woven from a rich tapestry of many different types of people. Each of us have different gifts, abilities, ambitions, dreams, limitations and obstacles to overcome.
From my own experience in business, I have learned that when we draw on this natural richness and diversity in our community, be it our home communities, business communities or civic communities, we can achieve a new higher level of productivity and creativity. And this is when we begin to reach and exceed all of our previous expectations.
On a practical note, I can see that supported employment is a simple system, which has been proven to works across many business sectors. Since the early years of its development in the 1970s in North America, to its transfer to Europe, this system has been shown to make good business sense for employers and for jobseekers and employees with disabilities.
I look forward to working with the IASE to further promote and develop supported employment at a national level and working towards more equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Ireland.
– Padraig O Ceidigh