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Government’s inaction fuelling unemployment – Ó Snodaigh

12 April, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking today after a survey by Retail Ireland found more than half of traders were struggling in the current business climate and that 40 per cent of retailers expect employee numbers to fall over the next three months, Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Government to reduce the costs of doing business, so that vital jobs can be retained.

Ó Snodaigh said:

“Today’s survey by Retail Ireland has shown conclusively that unless there is Government intervention to make running a business easier and more cost effective, vital jobs in the retail sector will be lost; Jobs that cannot afford to be lost.

“Sinn Féin recently proposed, in our policy document to tackle youth unemployment, the establishment of a firm or co-op, either by the State or by a co-operation between enterprises, to provide tax preparation, payroll and legal services, accounting, preparation of business proposals for requests for capital and regulatory compliance services for businesses, thus reducing costs.

“Everyday businesses are closing their doors for the last time and jobs are being lost. The Government are doing nothing, and their inaction is fuelling unemployment and emigration. Today’s figures need to be taken seriously and the Government should intervene to reduce the costs of doing business.

“If the Government are not up to the challenge of helping businesses, saving and creating jobs and bringing about economic recovery, then they need to step aside for a party who are. Sinn Féin has put forward a range of measures including a €3.218 billion economic stimulus package and a policy document to tackle youth unemployment.” ENDS

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