Sinn Féin’s EU candidate Matt Carthy is in Meath today with a busy itinerary of events.
This morning he launched his party’s proposals on job creation and small and medium enterprises.
This will be followed by a series of engagements with community groups and voters.
Speaking in Navan this morning Cllr Carthy said:
“I am looking forward to getting out and about in Meath today. This is one of those counties that has really felt the full impact of the recession with jobs and the housing crisis featuring prominently on the doors.
“This morning I launched my party’s proposals for small and medium businesses. Almost 70% of people employed in Ireland are employed in this sector which has made huge sacrifices throughout the recession. Some 128,000 jobs were lost in the sector between 2008 and 2012.
“Those who survived are now clinging on, hoping the ‘recovery’ will lift them. There has been little debt write-off, few legislative changes to assist them and a clear lack of focus from Government when it comes to SMEs.
“Sinn Féin has outlined 10 steps that can be taken to effectively assist SMEs to develop and create jobs now
“Our proposals, which we outline in detail in the document, are to increase consumer demand; abolish upward only rents; tackle utility costs and rates; revive ‘Brand Ireland’; open up procurement; end unnecessary license delays; resolve SME distress and priorities access to credit; increase labour intensive infrastructure investment and to tackle the costs of doing business on the border.
“For Sinn Féin, SMEs are the priority when it comes to fostering indigenous industry and ensuring job creation.
“Later on I will meet a number of local community projects including the Navan Travellers’ Workshop and the ‘Cultúr’ migrants centre, before heading down to the shopping centre to engage with voters.”