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Business start ups by females lagging behind male counterparts – Cllr Reilly

2 November, 2014


Sinn Féin Councillor Noeleen Reilly is calling on the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation as well as the Local Enterprise Office to prioritise Business start ups by Female Entrepreneurs.

She said ‘From the period 1st January 2000 until 30th September 2014, start ups by men out numbered females 2:1.  Figures from the local enterprise office in Dublin show they assisted approximately 550 new companies set up by men and 272 by women in that period.  Women are the most under represented group when it comes to business in Ireland despite representing over 50% of the population.  As a society we still haven’t removed the barriers to women starting up their own business. A lack of finance and networking options are a real cause of concern for women as well as the fact that a lot of the time women are often the main carers in the home and simply don’t have the time.

She furthered added ‘Ireland is lagging behind other developed countries when it comes to female entrepreneurs and business start ups.  If you look at the US, women are the majority owners in 50% of privately owned firms. Women have a lot to add to the Irish economy and I believe that if we can encourage more women to engage in business then this can have a positive effect on our struggling economy.  I certainly think in the area of Social enterprise women can play a leading role. So I am asking the various stakeholders to look at how we can encourage and resource more women to enter business.

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