Promoting social enterprise key to creating a fair recovery- Lynn Boylan MEP
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has hosted a successful seminar on a social and solidarity economy today in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
Speaking after the event Ms Boylan said:
"Today we heard from a number of excellent speakers from all corners of the island on their experience of social enterprise."
"Framing the discussion was how co-operative movements in particular can thrive and create a profit for the benefit of the local community."
"Building a people's economy is an essential part to creating and implementing a fair recovery in this State, and the government must do everything it can to support these social enterprises."
Also speaking at the event, Peadar Toibín, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, stated:
"The creation of worker's co-operatives would have undoubtedly saved lot of local businesses that were decimated in the recession.
"Unfortunately the knowledge base wasn't there, Enterprise Ireland and county development boards should have stepped in and provided these businesses with a template to survive."
"Credit Unions, institutions that survived against all odds in the past number of years are prevented from helping local people due to overwrought government restrictions on lending."
"To build a viable people's economy, the value of social enterprises must be appreciated at a government level."
enterprises create economic profit with a social dividend and are essential for
encouraging community entrepreneurship, particularly in disadvantaged areas."