How to restart national economies topic of upcoming Shannon Chamber webinar featuring leading global commentator McKinsey & Company

The Government has released its roadmap for re-opening Ireland’s economy in a phased manner. Prior to this happening, leading global consultancy company, McKinsey & Company has issued its own propositions for restarting an economy with a focus of differentiating between regions and sectors as a means of getting people back to work faster and safeguarding livelihoods.

Whilst this is not yet a focus of Ireland’s strategy, should it be looked at?

This is but one of the areas that will be discussed in an upcoming webinar which Shannon Chamber is hosting on Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

This lunch-hour webinar, 12pm to 1pm, which is sponsored by Fine Grain Property and supported by Clare County Council, will feature Sorcha Mckenna, managing partner for McKinsey & Company’s Dublin office, who will do a more in-depth analysis of the issues facing economies, including Ireland, and the scenarios they will have had to assess in deciding how, when and to what extent they could restart their economies and get people back to work faster to safeguard their livelihoods.

Ms Mc Kenna will also look at the impact, short, medium and long term, that the extensive lockdown has on employment levels, GDP, and on specific sectors and regions.

Some answers to the above have been provided in a paper written by a team of experts from McKinsey & Company, a trusted advisor to many of the world’s most influential businesses and institutions, which Ms McKenna will take webinar participants through.

Commenting on the webinar, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes said: “The paper published by McKinsey & Company in early April presents some very interesting scenarios for re-opening economies during the coronavirus crisis. It will be interesting to hear if the strategy now being followed here in Ireland, which comes after McKinsey’s propositions, can be or will need to be adjusted in any way or if they consider our approach prudent or adequate. It will certainly lead to a very enlightening webinar, which we are looking forward to hosting.

CEO of Fine Grain Property Colin McDonald added: ” We are delighted to sponsor this important event and congratulate Shannon Chamber on the initiative. With more than 3.200 people employed in workspace communities at our Mid-West business parks at Westpark Shannon and Plassey, Limerick, adjacent to the University of Limerick, Fine Grain is working with businesses to get people back to work and restart Ireland’s vibrant economy.”

Pre-booking is essential for this free webinar. Bookings via

This webinar is one of a series being hosted by Shannon Chamber.


About Fine Grain Property

Westpark Shannon is one of a community of 15 business park buildings owned by Fine Grain Property across Ireland. With close to 1 million square feet of space, the Irish company provides workplaces for more than 7,000 employees of some of Ireland’s leading international and domestic employers.

In January 2020, Fine Grain published the results of its initial survey on the Future of Work in Ireland. The survey highlighted the rapid evolution of workplaces to attract and retain talented people whilst embracing environmental, social, and technological change. The outbreak of Covid-19 has emphasised the necessity for employers and real estate owners alike to be nimble, innovative, and proactive in getting people back to work in a healthy and safe environment.

Fine Grain is a long-term, patient investor with capital and creativity to provide alternative solutions such as joint venture or sale and leaseback, and a deep understanding of business and real estate across Ireland. To learn more about Fine Grain Property, contact, visit their website, or follow on LinkedIn.