Fostering Irish exporters in the western region of Ireland


Western Network Group

The Western Network Group was set up to ensure that our members in the western region of Ireland have a regular platform to discuss COVID-19, issues arising from the pandemic and Brexit. The monthly meetings strengthen the connection between the IEA and its regional members, The meetings are an opportunity for business networking and is a means to find collaborative solutions within the business community. The meetings directly contribute to our communications and public affairs work.

This close connection allows members to engage directly with the IEA to find and develop specific solutions to challenges facing our members on a day-to-day basis.

  • Provide a local focal point of contact to members
  • Act as an advocate for the western region
  • Act as an advocate for local export needs and requirements
  • Provide a local networking platform

The Network Group meetings are led by John Carr and held in partnership with our 2020 Export Series sponsors Rhenus LogisticsIrish Rail Iarnród Éireann and Fleet Magazine.

E-meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month. Below is a list of upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 17th September, 4 – 5pm
  • Thursday 22nd October, 4 – 5pm
  • Thursday 19th November, 4 – 5pm
  • Thursday 17th December, 4 -5pm

For more information about the Regional Network groups or to register your interest to getting involved contact:

AnnMarie O’Brien

Public Affairs and Communications Officer


Tel: 086 142 3310

Western Regional Network

John Carr


Prior to joining Flex John held senior management positions with Digital Equipment, EMC, AST and Irish Express Cargo.  John holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and an MBA, and is completing a Doctorate in Supply Chain. John was a previous Council member of IEA, held the position of IEA Vice President between 2010 and 2012, and Chairs the IEA Mid-West Council.