Retailers and small businesses feel skinned, and forgotten about by the political culture

Irish Independent 28 November 2012

Imagine if the one sector that we expect to be the engine of our economic recovery was being hit with more and more charges and obstacles, instead of being supported in every way possible. And yet this is exactly what is happening to the retail sector and the small business community. Yes, the very lifeblood of our community, and part of the fabric of every Irish town and village, this community is being skinned – by State and landlord. Retailers now face big increases in rates, rents which stubbornly refuse to come down, a tight credit approach from the banks – although this has improved of late – and now they face punitive changes in the sick pay laws. They also pay bin taxes despite already paying rates.