Speaking at FTA Ireland Transport Manager 2022 Seminar held at the Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield on 19 October 2022, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, reaffirmed her commitment to the freight distribution sector amid the ongoing, and uncontrolled, fluctuation of energy and operational costs.
“I am delighted to be here at FTAI’s 10th Transport Manager Seminar. After a few difficult years for all, it’s great to see this event back and in person. This Seminar is a very important event for the freight and logistics sector in Ireland, and I would like to acknowledge the work of FTAI over more than 10 years to promote proficiency and professionalism in the industry. Today’s focus is on transport managers, who must possess a comprehensive skillset including knowledge of transport regulation, business acumen, IT skills and organisational ability,” Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton said.
“It was wonderful to hear from the array of expert speakers on topics which are of current relevance, in particular safety and sustainability, and to meet representatives of the freight and logistics industry to hear their views,” she added.
Aidan Flynn, Chief Executive at FTA Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to hear from Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton, at our Transport Manager Seminar. There have been many challenges within logistics in recent years, including Covid-19 and Brexit. Now, as we face a new economic challenge, And Minister Naughton’s speech – particularly the reference to prioritising work on the 10-year haulage strategy – will bring reassurance to many involved in the sector, who will value the high importance the minister has placed on industry here today.”
The well attended seminar also covered key topics within industry, such as decarbonisation, road safety and flexible strategic planning – which must be prioritised to aid preparation for a future that will deliver on climate change obligations and protect the viability of businesses – and included an expert speaker line-up from across the sector.
The event, which was sponsored by DAF Trucks Ireland, Brigade Electronics, Calor, ENPROVA, Logistics Associate Apprenticeship, Transport Operations and Commercial Driving Apprenticeship.
Fleet Transport, as media partners to the event will feature a full report in the next edition of the magazine.