Louth TD Gerry Adams, Councillor Pearse McGeough and local representative JJ Quigley launched the party’s proposals for Small and Medium Enterprises on Friday in Dundalk. The Sinn Féin leader outlined the party’s 10 proposals to boost the Small and Medium Enterprises sector.
Speaking after the launch of Sinn Féin’s policy document ‘Putting SME’s First’, Teachta Adams said: “Almost 70% of people in work are in the SME sector. This has greatest potential for jobs growth provided the government implements the right programme of policies.
“Under Fianna Fáil and this government some 128,000 jobs have been lost in the SME sector between 2008 and 2012.
“Sinn Féin believes that there are 10 steps that can be taken to effectively assist SMEs to develop and create jobs now.
“Our proposals, which we outline in detail, are to increase consumer demand; abolish upward only rents; tackle utility costs and rates; revive ‘Brand Ireland’; open up procurement; end unnecessary license delays; resolve SME distress and priorities access to credit; increase labour intensive infrastructure investment and to tackle the costs of doing business on the border.
“For Sinn Féin, SMEs are the priority when it comes to fostering indigenous industry and ensuring job creation. We strongly urge this government to consider our proposals as a matter of urgency for the SME sector.”