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A Laois woman has won the prestigious national Businesswoman of the Year award at the InBUSINESS Recognition Awards.
Louise Phelan hails from Rathdowney and is the Vice-President of Paypal.
The awards ceremony which was held at the Westin Hotel in Dublin on November 6 is in its sixth consecutive year.
On receiving the award, Lousie said that she hoped to inspire more women in business.
"I’m absolutely honoured to receive this award and I hope that my story inspires more women to push themselves forward for leadership opportunities," she said.
PayPal is an American company operating a worldwide online payments system, Louise is Vice-President. The company announced the appointment of Louise Phelan as Vice President, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Middle East and Africa in September 2016.
In her role, Louise takes responsibility for growing revenue and customers for PayPal in more than 100 countries, including Ireland, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
At the awards, Enterprise Ireland took home the State Body Award and Zurich Life received the award for Life Assurance & Pensions.
Speaking at the awards, John Donegan, Brand Director of SKODA Ireland, said: “When I look at the prestigious list of businesses here today I can relate to many of them and their excellent achievements. Success does not come easy.
"Innovation, investment, recruitment and the ability to adapt are fundamental to survival, let alone success."
See a full list of categories and winners below.
InBUSINESS Recognition Awards Categories and Winners:
Company of the Year Dublin Port
Tourism Dublin Port
Life Assurance & Pensions Zurich Life
Business Man of the Year Dave Kirwan, Bord Gáis Energy
Business Broadband Virgin Media
Law Firm Eversheds Sutherland
Support to SME’s Bibby Financial
Business School University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School
Special Merit ESB for CSR
Businesswoman of the Year Louise Phelan, PayPal
Private Banking AIB Private Banking
Conference Venue Convention Centre Dublin
Executive Car Audi A6
Newcomer Eversheds Sutherland
Energy Provider Bord Gáis Energy
State Body Enterprise Ireland
County Council Fingal County Council