The new President of the Dublin Chamber has called for the delivery of key infrastructure projects for the capital.
Niall Gibbons, who is CEO of Tourism Ireland, said in order for the city to put its best step forward there must be a commitment to long-term strategic planning and construction of an urban infrastructure with real vision.
Delivering his inaugural speech this evening, Mr Gibbons said projects such as Metrolink and improvements to water supply, as well as issues such as a competitive capital gains tax rate of 20%, require "utmost engagement" for the business community and city to thrive.
He said the drought last summer was a stark warning of how little wriggle room the city has in its supply, and he called for the Water Environment Abstraction Bill to be enacted as soon as possible.
Mr Gibbons also revealed that his goal for the year is to carry out a bench-marking exercise to identify how Dublin is viewed around the world.
He said the project would help to identify areas that the city must address in order to better its global reputation.
The tourism boss also said that at a time when other major global cities have taken a step back and begun looking inward, Dublin must look out and build new relationships around the world.
Mr Gibbons made his comments before an audience of more than 500 business leaders at the Chamber's AGM Dinner in Dublin.