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He went on to discuss the important role Supply Chain & Logistics plays in supporting a competitive economy and secure society. He detailed key metrics which clearly showed that the Irish economy is now in recovery with a predicted growth rate in excess of 7% for this year and unemployment set to drop to 6% in the next couple of years. He thanked our sector for the key role that we have played in supporting the recovery as 80% of what is produced in Ireland is destined for export.
The Minister with the export President of CILT then proceeded to make the following awards:
• Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, PhD, Chief of Staff of Öglaigh na hÉireann, the Irish Defence Forces was awarded a Chartered Fellowship of CILT.
Prior to his current position, VADM Mellett was the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces where he had responsibility
for material and support functions, including personnel, finance and logistics in the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. He
has thirty eight years’ service, much of it seagoing, including
three naval commands. He previously served as Flag Officer Commanding the Irish Naval Service. During shore rotations, he held appointments in Naval Headquarters, Naval Operations and Support Commands. For over two decades he has been a change leader in the Irish Defence Forces, contributing to its ongoing
transformation, positioning the forces in a post-modern setting. He has served as lead of Naval Plans and Policy, Commandant of the Naval College and Associate Head of the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI.)
In addition to citations for service in Afghanistan (2004) and Lebanon (1989), in 1994 VADM Mellett was decorated by the Irish State, receiving “The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)” for intercepting a major maritime narcotics shipment.
He is a founding member of the Irish Maritime and Energy resource Cluster (IMERC) and a member of its governing authority. IMERC serves as an ‘Innovation Network’ and acts as a stimulant for enterprise and job creation in the maritime and renewable energy spheres. It has a particular focus on marine energy, shipping logistics and transport, maritime security and safety and yachting products and services.
Gerard Deegan, former Container Terminal Operations Manager, Cork Harbour was awarded a Chartered Fellowship of CILT.
He has served CILT as Chair of its Southern Section and as a National Council Member. Gerard’s entire career has been in
  Pictured are Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber of Commerce, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Carey, Defence Forces Logistics, Seamus O’Reilly, Supply Chain Management, UCC, and Vice- Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff, Defence Forces
Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene
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