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Morgan calls for re-introduction of Groceries Order

21 July, 2006

Sinn Féin workers Rights spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called for the re-introduction of the Groceries Order to protect small businesses after it was revealed today that large retail outlets are abusing the current situation to maximise profits rather than for the good of consumers. Deputy Morgan said Sinn Féin had argued that this would be the situation if the order was dropped and that the only beneficiaries would be big businesses.

He said, "Fine Gael today highlighted a situation that Sinn Féin predicted would occur back in January when the Groceries Order was abolished. We said back then that big businesses would exploit both consumers and small traders if the Groceries Order abolished. This has proven to be the case with large supermarkets ripping off consumers while small traders struggle to keep up.

"It is Sinn Féin's view that the ban on below cost selling, along with the retail planning guidelines, ensured that retail development in the State took place in a relatively sustainable manner that provided a measure of protection to small traders and local economies. The abolishment of the groceries has now proved to be a failure with small traders and consumers losing out while larger retail outlets milk the new situation for every penny. I am now calling on the Minister for Enterprise Mícheál Martin to recognise this failure and to urgently re-implement the Groceries Order before it becomes too late for many small traders." ENDS

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