Niall Murray (MD, Collins McNicholas), Mary Mullin (Regional Manager, Collins McNicholas), Caroline Ward (Chairperson, CIPD Midlands Region), Michelle Murphy (Director, Collins McNicholas) and Alastair Purdy (Alastair Purdy & Co. Solicitors)

More than 100 business owners and HR professionals from local SME’s to large multinationals attended the much-anticipated CIPD Midlands Region Employment Law Event hosted by Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group.

The annual event, which was held yesterday (Wednesday, January 23) at the Sheraton Hotel Athlone, is hosted each year for HR professionals and business owners to assist them in addressing employment law issues at work, from employment equality and terms and conditions through to termination of employment and employees’ rights, as well as information on new and amended regulations and rates.

Collins McNicholas was the main sponsor of the event in conjunction with The Midlands Region of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) programme for 2019. Speakers at the event included Caroline Ward, HR Services Manager for Collins McNicholas and also Chairperson of The CIPD Midlands Region, Mary Mullin, Regional Manager for Collins McNicholas’ Midlands office and keynote speaker Labour Law expert Alastair Purdy from Purdy & Co. Solicitors. It was attended by more than 100 people from business owners and managing directors to HR professionals, hiring managers and HR students who attended from Athlone Institute of Technology.

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Shane Cox (Centre Parcs), Nicolas Egan (Principal Team Lead, Collins McNicholas), Mary Mullin (Regional Manager, Collins McNicholas), and Alastair Purdy (Alastair Purdy & Co. Solicitors)

Speaking at the event, Mary Mullin, said that the employment market in the Midlands is thriving and the company was ensuring it kept up with the ever-changing environment.

“The Midlands region is home to many key international clients and indigenous Irish companies who experienced unprecedented growth in 2018 and have exciting and ambitious plans for 2019. We have also experienced significant growth in temporary staffing solutions with many companies benefiting from our workforce outsourcing model. This could be a direct impact of new employment legislation.

She added that Collins McNicholas has significantly invested in sourcing top quality talent and key skills by exploring new and previously untapped markets across Europe.

“There has been a notable influx of talent to the region in the last 12 months as the Midlands offers a great work-life balance, access to schools, career opportunities, shorter commutes and a good steady jobs market.”


Mary Mullin

Associate Director – Leinster

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group