Limerick Community Grocery shows the fruits of community enterprise and cooperative organisation - Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Speaking during a visit to the Limerick Community Grocery on Mulgrave Street in the City, Sinn Féin MEP for the South Constituency Liadh Ní Riada praised the ingenuity and perseverance of all those involved in the cooperative project and committed to supporting it and similar enterprises at home and in Europe.
The Sinn Féin MEP also congratulated the project on winning a national ‘Get Involved’ award.
Ní Riada said:
“Cooperative social enterprises have a natural and age-old foundation in Ireland. In the country families and neighbours would gather together to pool their labour and their resources for the common good in the meitheal, especially at harvest time or when it was time to make hay. In the cities the community spirit lived on for generations, and despite recent changes, the community and interdependent way of life is still there in living memory.
“Its great to see the produce of the country, fruit, vegetables, preserves and other groceries being distributed in the city, in a way that emphasises community, cooperation and interdependence.
“Co-operative social enterprises are already well established in Europe, with many employing many thousands of owner-employers across a multitude of sectors. At its heart the model is about providing goods and services, on a commercial bases, but under the control and for the benefit of the producers or workers that create the product or provide the service.
“The Limerick Community Grocery is going from strength to strength, and illustrates a growing trend across Ireland for communities to take the initiative and set up their own enterprises that meet their needs on their terms. From food production, to energy supply and broadband connectivity, the cooperative model is growing fast.
“I have committed to working with the sector in order to help them as best I can. Ní neart go chur le chéile.”