This week GECKO Governance is taking part in the second National ePayments Conference as part of the M1 Payments Corridor initiative by The Mill, Drogheda. In this blog post, we shall expand in detail about the Corridor, the conference and how GECKO Governance is participating in this initiative.


What is the M1 Payments Corridor?

The M1 Payments Corridor is an initiative that was identified by The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda in 2015. The cluster of a number of payments service companies within the North-East region was identified as a strength within the Government’s Regional Action Plan.

The M1 Payments Corridor extends from the existing IFSC in Dublin and facilitate clustering of established and new payments companies engaged in innovation in the region, and supported by the region’s academic institutions (DKIT & DCU).

By linking in with cross-border stakeholders, the Corridor would directly benefit the Border region as it provides a natural stepping stone from the IFSC, via M1, up to Belfast and its financial services businesses.  



Also, the Corridor can be used to:

  • Encourage Innovation / Startups in the payments sector,
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate with foreign direct investment and larger indigenous companies,
  • Avail of EU Funding to facilitate innovation & growth of Payment firms,
  • Showcase Ireland taking the lead in rapidly-expanding sector

What is the National ePayments Conference?

This year’s e-Payments Conference will focus on driving Ireland as the EU Gateway for

Payment firms. It takes place on Friday, 2 September 2016 from 09:00 to 15:00 at the CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre, M1 Exit 7, Gormanston, Co. Meath.

Among the topics due to be discussed include:


  • Find out how payments are changing and how that brings opportunity to your business
  • Listen to & meet leaders from PayPal, IBM, Vesta, IDA, Bank of Ireland & more
  • Learn more about how M1/ Drogheda could be the payments centre of Europe
  • Understand the opportunities & threats caused by Brexit

Guest speakers this year include Louise Phelan from PayPal, Michael Wassfuhr from the Atlanta-based Transaction Alley, and Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Keynote speaker will be world renowned FinTech expert and former Special Advisor to the White House on Economic Policy Chris Skinner.

GECKO and M1 Payments Corridor

GECKO Governance is delighted to be taking part in this year’s e-Payments Conference, and our CEO and co-founder Shane Brett will be speaking on a panel discussion about “Brexit: What does it mean for Ireland’s payments sector”.

Speaking ahead of the event, Brett said “ this is an ideal conference for GECKO Governance to be in attendance, as our company sits right on the M1 Payments Corridor, continuing our long association with DkIT and networking with other fintech companies in our region. Sharing and pooling the knowledge in the region can help expand our reach. Our solution will assist in the oversight of financial compliance and payment governance.”

Tickets for the event are still available at Eventbrite