Sinn Féin’s EU candidate for Ireland South, Liadh Ní Riada, has said that SMEs throughout South Leinster & Munster are on their knees due to the Government’s preference for spin over substance.
Ní Riada made the comments today as Sinn Féin in Kilkenny launched the party’s proposals for supporting SMEs effectively.
“We are constantly fed the Government spin that there is real support for SMEs. However, the reality is far removed from this rose garden view held and perpetuated by the Fine Gael and Labour Government.
“Throughout this constituency I have heard of the struggles of small and medium enterprises struggling to stay afloat.
“It's time to properly support our SMEs and not just give them lip service. Local SMEs such as coffee shops, hairdressers and retail outlets form part of the fabric of every village, town and city on this island. These businesses provide significant employment and contribute so much to both the local and national economies.
“Despite the clear importance of SMEs, they have not been supported. They are on their knees and closing down on a daily basis.
“Rates are one of the fundamental issues regarding the survival of our SMEs. Sinn Féin is proposing a rate based on profit and not square footage. How can the smaller shops compete with the Multi Nationals under the current system?
“Sinn Féin proposals entitled ‘Putting SMEs First’ provide 10 steps that can and must be taken to effectively assist SMEs to develop and create jobs. These steps will help alleviate the unemployment crisis now and ensure our SMEs retain a competitive advantage in the future. “For Sinn Féin, SMEs are the priority when it comes to fostering indigenous industry and ensuring job creation.”