Anthony was appointed the Chief Executive of Fingal Chamber in August 2017. Previously, he held senior director roles in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) industry, B2B support services and the HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) services. He was also a director of the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA).
As Chief Executive, Anthony is responsible for the operational activities of the Chamber, working with the President, Board of Directors and Chamber Council in developing the overall strategic plan of the Chamber and coordinating its implementation. Anthony oversees the day to day running of Chamber which has a membership of 400+ businesses in Fingal. Anthony sits on numerous committees within the county as the key business representative in Fingal on behalf of the Chamber.
Locally, Anthony represents the Business Sector on Fingal County Council's Economic Enterprise & Tourism Development Strategic Policy Committee, which has responsibility for the tourism strategy and economic development; the enterprise support functions; the Local Enterprise Office; and, the preparations, implementation and review of the economic elements of the Local Economic and Community (LECP). He is also a member of the Fingal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), which is responsible for coordinating, planning and overseeing local development initiatives including the implementation of the Fingal Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP).
Nationally, Anthony is the chair of the Chambers Ireland Chief Executive's Forum that addresses issues of concern to its members and advises the board on issues affecting local chambers.
Anthony has also sat on the judging panels of a number of awards including the National Recruitment Federation Awards, the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards, and the Dublin People Awards.
Anthony leads the Chamber's lobbying operations, where he works to influence key decision-makers on matters of concern to members. To find out more about the Chamber's advocacy work, click here.
Over 3 decades in the hospitality industry, of which 20 years working in the Fingal Region at Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport in a pivotal role working with key Dublin Airport stakeholders.
Hospitality is my passion having had the pleasure of working in both 4 & 5 star hotels both Dublin City Centre and the Outskirts.
Nationally, I’ve been involved in new hotel openings which is a really great experience but above all meeting people and building partnerships is what I love best and is what I’ve had the pleasure of working at for the majority of my career.
Sport has always been important to me as a great way to keep a work-life balance, yet I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to marry the two as our hotel has co-sponsored and hosted a Sportstar of the Year Awards Programme in the Fingal Region for the past 24 years. I now enjoy giving back a little and am involved in helping out with my children’s sporting teams.
Being part of the Fingal Chamber of Commerce is something that came naturally to me since my early days of working in the Fingal region. I’ve always found that attending Fingal Chamber events has helped me keep abreast of what is going on in the local business community but it is also a great networking environment.
Whilst we may not be able to meet up in person these days, The Fingal Chamber remains extremely active in running online events one of which recently had Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar in attendance as guest speaker. As the years went by, it seemed a natural progression to lend support and step up to the Chamber Council as I could see all the great work that they did in support of its members which has now led me to my current role as President of the Fingal Chamber of Commerce.
Whilst I believe it’s a challenging year, but being part of the Fingal Chamber and its network will help businesses become more agile and resilient. I’m a great believer that we need to remain optimistic yet realistic and look at turning a negative into a positive. The answer is never no, it’s how can we make it happen. Collectively working together as a business community we can achieve so much more and create a sustainable future for the Fingal region.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fingal Chamber Board of Directors
Company Secretary & Chief Executive
Anthony Cooney | Fingal Chamber
Andrea Molloy | Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport
Deputy Vice President
John O'Donoghue | Shannon Heritage
Helen McNamara | Bank of Ireland
Immediate Prior President
Bill Kearney | IBM Ireland
Maura Cassidy | daa
Guy Thompson | Castleknock Hotel
Siobhan O’Donnell | daa
Jock Jordan | One4all
Past Chamber Presidents
1994-1995 Tony Lambert 1995-1996 Tony Lambert 1996-1997 David Donnelly 1997-1998 David Donnelly 1998-1999 Pat McNamara 1999-2000 Vincent Shannon 2000-2001 Helen Dunne 2001-2002 Pat McNamara 2002-2003 Pat McNamara 2003-2004 Pat McNamara 2004-2005 Catriona O’Leary 2005-2006 Declan Monaghan 2006-2007 Francis Whelan 2007-2008 Francis Whelan 2008-2009 Andrew O’Neill 2009-2010 Andrew O’Neill 2010-2011 Siobhan Moore 2011-2012 Siobhan Moore 2012-2013 Siobhan O’Donnell (Moore) 2013-2014 Siobhan Kinsella 2014-2016 Siobhan Kinsella 2016-2017 Guy Thompson 2018-2019 Jock Jordan 2020 Bill Kearney 2021 Andrea Molloy