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NEW AUSTRIAN COMMERCIAL COUNSELLOR FOR IRELAND Austrian-Irish business community celebrates handover to Wilhelm Nest 

Wilhelm Nest and Guenther Sucher with Austrian chefs
1 September 2011

After eight successful years in Dublin, Austrian Commercial Counsellor Guenther Sucher handed over the reins to his successor Wilhelm Nest at a Farewell/Welcome party at St. John’s House, Dublin on 29 August 2011.

Arriving in Dublin in the summer of 2003 Guenther Sucher was about to witness the heady days of the economic boom known as the Celtic Tiger. It was a time of great optimism in Ireland with major construction projects going to renowned Austrian companies. Some of the highlights of Guenther’s tour of duty were:

· The completion of the submerged Limerick Tunnel running below the Shannon river by Austrian construction giant Strabag AG.
· The launching of the Dublin Convention Centre with the glass-steel facade engineered and erected by Waagner-Biro, Vienna.
· The opening of the Luas light rail system in Dublin. The tracks and sophisticated points system were installed by the Voestalpine Group.
· The supply and installation of timber frame structures for numerous projects such as the County Council Offices in Limerick, the Elm Park development and Gibson Hotel in Dublin, and the delicate porters’ lodge at Leinster House in Dublin by Wiehag, Linz.
· The success of many Austrian companies in the renewable energy sector with the installation of biomass heating systems, solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, energy efficient windows, etc. Some of the notable names doing business in Ireland are KMB, Gilles, ETA, Froeling, Solarfocus, Ochsner and Windhager.
· The growing presence of fine Austrian wines in leading restaurants and outlets.

Like his predecessor, Wilhelm Nest hails from the Federal State of Carinthia (capital: Klagenfurt) in southern Austria. Wilhelm qualified with a degree in International Affairs from the University of Vienna before joining the Federal Economic Chamber. Before his appointment as Austrian Commercial Counsellor to Dublin, Wilhelm held positions in Prague, Seoul, Milan and Rome. Wilhelm is looking forward to carrying on the good work of his predecessors in Ireland – the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy opened its offices in Dublin in 1967 – and is enthusiastic about the next five years.

“I think the current economic reforms will be very good for Ireland and will open up plenty of opportunities for innovation”, he said.”Austrian companies can help Ireland exploit new markets in green technology, sustainable building, waste management and life sciences. I am especially glad to see that the public procurement system has been revamped, giving new suppliers the opening to tender for public contracts and to provide the Irish tax payer with excellent quality and real value for money.”

The Farewell/Welcome party was celebrated along with the Austrian-Irish business community and Embassy staff. Two chefs and a confectioner flew in from Salzburg on a mission to make “Kasnockerln” and “Kaiserschmarren” with fresh ingredients to delight the gathering. They brought with them some typical Austrian specialities such as artisan cheeses, smoked meats and various breads. It was all washed down with a choice of Graf Josef (varietal: Gruener Veltliner) or Markowitsch Carnuntum Cuvée (Zweigelt and Pinot Noir).
Note: The wines are imported by Wine Select (
The “flying chefs” are open for business at any destination (