David Duffy, CEO with AIB, was key speaker at Wexford Chamber’s President’s Lunch which took place in the Talbot Wexford on Friday, 14th January. The AIB chief spoke without notes and held the audience of over 70 guests captivated. He spoke about Ireland’s economic recovery and said that banks, including AIB, have a key role to play in terms of providing finance for the economy as it recovers. He confirmed that AIB provided over €3bn in lending approvals in mortgages and to businesses to date this year. AIB’s new simplified loan application process, designed to help boost access to credit for loans under €25,000, has been working ‘extremely well’, he said. Mr Duffy said AIB is working to find sustainable solutions for those in arrears who have been hit hard by the economic downturn. Since he took on his role at AIB, he said he is now feeling positive — an encouraging thought for all attendees.